Britain braced for more snow

Around 1cm of snow settled in parts of northern England and Scotland on Saturday, as freezing temperatures and ice swept the UK. More snow is predicted to fall today.

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Up to 10cm of snow fell overnight in some parts of the UK

A robin sits on a snow covered fence post in Northumberland, as cold weather sweeps across the UK. Credit: PA Wire

More snow has fallen across the north of the UK overnight, with up to 10 cms settling across the high mountains.

Overnight Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland have seen up to 5cm fall, with up to 4cm settling in Teesside and County Durham in northern England.

A covering of 10cms has decorated mountains in Cumbria, Northumbria and parts of Scotland.

More snow falls across the north of the UK

More snow has fallen across the north of the UK overnight, with up to 10 cms settling across the high mountains.

Overnight Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland have seen up to 5cm fall, with up to 4cm settling in Teesside and County Durham in northern England.

A dog pictured playing in the snow on the Scottish Borders on Saturday Credit: Press Association

Further south, areas including Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, escaped the snowfall but experienced rain fall and very cold temperatures instead.

The showers hitting sub-zero road surfaces will have resulted icy conditions for drivers, a weather expert said.

It comes just days after severe flooding hit Britain, from which many areas are still recovering.


Met Office: Snow in the north as rain moves east

A graphic of the cloud cover heading towards the UK Credit: The Met Office

In its latest weather forecast, the Met Office said rain will spread from the west tonight, it will snow across parts ofScotland and northern England.

An early frost will come - mainly in the north and east - but temperatures look set to rise overnight.

Tomorrow the rain will clear eastwards during the morning, with most places seeing sunny spells by afternoon, the Met Office said.

However, showers will still affect many western areas, and snow will linger in northeastern Scotland.

Record numbers betting on White Christmas in 2012

Walkers in North Yorkshire enjoyed a White Christmas on December 25 2009. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

The white start to the month was enough to prompt record numbers of punters to place bets on snow falling on Christmas Day.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, more money had been staked on a White Christmas yesterday than by any other December 1 in its history.

Low-level severe weather warning issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued a low-level severe weather warning across most of Scotland, north and east England, and north Wales, because of the freezing temperatures and snow fall:

Following showers of rain, sleet and snow on Saturday, ice is expected to form on untreated surfaces on Saturday evening and persist well into Sunday morning.

Further wintry showers are likely to affect eastern coastal counties through the night. The public should be aware of possible disruption to travel.


More snow on the way as severe weather bites

A walker passed snow covered logs at Kielder Water, Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Widespread snow is expected to fall across England and Scotland tonight, as the severe weather continues to take hold of Britain.

Many areas will see up to 3cm of snow mark the start of December, while 15cm is predicted to fall in the Scottish mountains.

Edinburgh, the Pennines, the Peak District, County Durham, Yorkshire, Norfolk and East Anglia are all expected to be affected.

Overnight temperatures have dropped to -6C in many parts of Britain, from central Scotland through to Cumbria and Buckinghamshire.

In pictures: Snow falls across parts of Britain

A child jumps on a snow-covered trampoline in the Scottish borders Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire
A walker looks at ice at he stands in the snow at Kielder Water, Northumberland, Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Walkers on the snow covered bridleway on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire Credit: Jonathan Pow/PA Wire

Met Office: Cold weather, ice and frost overnight

The Met Office warned it will be a clear, cold and frosty night for most in the UK, with a risk of ice and isolated fog patches.

A satellite image of cloud cover moving towards the UK Credit: The Met Office

Northern Scotland, coastal eastern Britain and maybe parts of the Irish Sea coast are at higher risk of ice due to continuing wintry showers, the Met Office continued.

Tomorrow will be cold, crisp and sunny for most. It will gradually cloud over in the far west ahead of wet weather spreading east later, with some snow likely in northeast Britain overnight, it added.

Met Office issues two severe cold weather alerts

The Met Office has issued a severe cold weather alert for North East England and Yorkshire and the Humber.

It also issued lower level alerts for North West England, West Midlands, East Midlands and the East of England.

Key: Orange - severe weather, Yellow - alert and readiness, Green - Winter preparedness Credit: The Met Office

The Met Office said, "Cold weather is expected to continue through to Sunday with widespread overnight frosts expected".

"Rain may be preceded by hill snow over the Pennines before less cold conditions become established", it added.

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