Whole of Cumbria covered by new snow warning from Met Office

BBC Weather Met Office snow red weather warning

BBC Weather Met Office snow red weather warning

The Met Office has issued a new red warning for snow covering parts of the south-west and Wales as the country woke up to another day of freezing temperatures and hazardous conditions.

Mr Snell warned there could be winds of up to 50 to 60mph in southwestern parts of the United Kingdom, bringing about "blizzard-like conditions". "The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to blizzards and considerable drifting", the Met Office said.

They said the region could also see "significant" ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area.

"This is an update to shrink the amber area slightly, removing parts of southwest Wales as well as central southern England".

The red alerts signal a "risk to life is likely" - and remains in place for Scotland until 10am on Thursday with up to 40cm (16in) of snow expected in some areas.

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More snow is expected Thursday and Friday. Some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers.

"With the weather so severe at the moment it is really important that everyone keeps up to date with the forecast and warnings in their area, check for local travel information and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services".

Meanwhile, the Irish Republic was put under red alert at 11pm on Wednesday as it was hit by the worst snow in 35 years, with the warning set to run until 3pm on Friday.

MONMOUTHSHIRE should prepare itself for more snow with the Met Office issuing an amber warning for the next two days.

A yellow warning of ice is in place for Saturday 0.05am to 9am starting with cold temperatures of -1°and a 50% chance of some snow showers in the early hours of the morning.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing at Police Scotland, said: "The Met Office has now increased the weather warning to red, the first time this has occurred for snow storms".

A number of councils, including Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire have already announced that their schools will be closed on Thursday.

A series of weather warnings remain in place for the United Kingdom for snow, ice and wind today however as the Met Office warned of widespread heavy snow and very strong easterly winds in affected areas. Icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces.

Police across the country also advised motorists to avoid driving if possible owing to poor visibility and treacherous conditions.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, urged the public to help in a collective effort to cope with the severe weather.

More than a foot of snow was dumped in some parts of the country - peaking with 34cm of snow in Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

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