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Weather: Heavy SNOW showers expected

Credit: Met Office

Yellow area: Until 11.55pm TOMORROW

Showers are expected to turn to snow during Wednesday morning, continuing overnight and for much of Thursday.

3-8 cm could accumulate by Thursday morning, especially over high ground.

Amber area: 5pm today to 11am tomorrow

Snow showers will become widespread and heavier across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England during Wednesday evening and will continue through the night into Thursday morning.

Snow amounts will be very variable but over 5 cm will accumulate at lower levels in places with over 15 cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

NHS trade unions cancel planned strike action

NHS trade unions have suspended the industrial action planned for January 29 after the government put forward a pay proposal.

"The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

"This isn't a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients' safety unions will now consult members.

"It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action."

– Trevor Johnston, UNISON Regional Lead on Health


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