UK sees lowest March temperatures since 2010

The UK has recorded its coldest March temperature since 2010, with the wintry spring conditions bringing snowfall in several parts of the country. In the Highlands the mercury plummeted to -15.2C overnight in Kinbrace.

ScotRail says it aims to run a full service this week, but has advised passengers to check their journeys as disruption is possible. National Rail has also warned snowy and icy conditions could affect south-eastern services over the next few days.

The current warnings in place are:

An amber snow warning is in place for the Peak District and Pennines from 15:00 GMT Thursday until midday on Friday
A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place across parts of Wales, and southern and central parts of England until 07:00 on Thursday
A yellow warning for snow and ice for the Scottish Highlands from 18:00 this evening until 10:00 on Thursday
Another yellow warning for snow and ice in the south east of Scotland, taking in the coast from Edinburgh down to Newcastle upon Tyne, taking effect from 17:00 Wednesday until 07:00 on Thursday
A yellow warning for just snow is in place from 07:00 on Thursday until 14:00 on Friday, taking in Northern Ireland, parts of Wales, central and northern England, and the Scottish central belt. The snow warning had earlier taken in a larger area including central and northeast Scotland

More snow is on the way, with a new amber warning issued for the Peak District and Pennines from Thursday, and rural areas could be cut off.

Less severe yellow weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place for areas around the UK until early Thursday.
The Met Office operates a tiered warning system, with amber being a higher level of risk.

It warns heavy snow on Thursday could mean “significant disruption” with “travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers” and power cuts expected.

About 10-20cm of snow is forecast to fall across the area affected, with 30-40cm in some places, accompanied by strong winds.

Some evening rush hour commuters will face disruption, and the Met Office is warning power cuts are likely.

National Highways has warned drivers in the West Midlands and the East of England not to travel unless their journey is essential.

A spokesman for the RAC told the BBC there had been an “increase in breakdowns in a zone that stretched from London west along the M4 corridor and into Wales earlier [on Wednesday] morning”.

He said based on breakdown volumes it appeared many drivers had chosen to work from home instead of braving the cold weather.

“Even a little snow and ice can make roads treacherous, so we’re advising everyone who does set out to proceed extremely cautiously,” he added.

Source: BBC

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