NEWS
09/12/2017 21:12 GMT

Met Office Issues Weather Alerts As Snow Could 'Cut Off' Some Areas

There could be plenty of travel disruption.

Further weather warnings are in place for snow around the UK, with the Met Office warning that some people could be “cut off” by the drifts.

Amber “be prepared” warnings are in place for snow for the east and west Midlands, East of England, London and the South East, North West England, Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber.

These are in place between 4am and 6pm on Sunday.

The Met Office said: “A spell of heavy snow is likely over parts of Wales, the Midlands and parts of Northern and Eastern England on Sunday.

“Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations.

“There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.”

Yellow “be aware” alerts are in place for wind, snow and ice in other areas (full details can be found here).

Forecasters say 10-20 cm is possible for some locations and the worst areas affected mainly in northern Scotland.

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Walkers at Winnats Pass in the Peak District
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Snow covers the landscape over the Brecon Beacons, Wales

At 8pm on Saturday evening, temperatures had already plummeted to -9C in Dalwhinnie in Scotland.

After school closures and power cuts in Scotland on Friday, the heaviest and most frequent snow showers are predicted in the north east of the country during Saturday.

Around 18,000 homes across Scotland were affected by power cuts due to the weather, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, with power returned to the majority of affected homes by Friday evening.

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Cyclists battle through the snow falling near Castleton in the Peak District

However, further cuts are expected with more snowfall.

Highways England advised road users intending to travel through the West Midlands and the northwest of England to check the forecast and road conditions before they travel, with the threat of disruption throughout the weekend.

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Enjoying the snowy weather in the Brecon Beacons
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A rather brave postman wearing a pair of shorts delivers mail in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester

Council gritting teams are on standby to cover roads across the country with fleets of vehicles out overnight into Saturday morning.

Birmingham Airport have warned passengers travelling on Sunday morning to allow more time for their journey as a result, while Manchester Airport advised passengers to check before travelling.

Arriva Trains Wales and Scotrail also issued warnings.