Conditions are expected to become more dangerous by the last week of January, as the Met Office prepares to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice

Additional heavy rains, which caused severe flooding in the wake of Storm Christoph, are not expected until next Wednesday – but plummeting temperatures are expected

The Met Office has said a swath of snow will move across southwest England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, stretching towards the east Midlands and south east of England later today Temperatures across the UK are expected to drop below freezing overnight, with the Scottish Highlands coldest temperatures down to -10C

Elsewhere, London and Manchester are expected to drop to -3 ° C overnight and Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow will drop to -2 ° C Frosts are expected overnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Martin Bowles, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The biggest danger over the next couple of days will be ice, as we are getting these snow showers which are all going to freeze overnight. Obviously the roads tend to be fairly well greased, especially main roads, but I would caution people to be careful on sidewalks, small roads that aren’t greased, or city roads “

The Met Office’s first snow and ice warning is already in place in North West England, but four more will be by tomorrow morning. Areas subject to warnings are in place ‘Northern Ireland, South West England and South Wales, Midlands and South East England

Bowles said the cold snap will continue until about Wednesday before being replaced by milder temperatures in the last days of the month “That doesn’t mean it’s the end of all cold winter weather, it isn’t, we’ve just had a balmy period,” he said

Although people were urged to heed flood warnings over the weekend, Bowles said they were “gradually reducing” and heavy rains were not expected until Wednesday night or Thursday

“We hope the river level drops quite significantly before that So we don’t expect any major flooding issues over the next few days except in areas where warnings are already in place, “he said.

The Environment Agency had previously warned of “unusually high river levels” after days of heavy rain following Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country inundated

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/23/uk-weather-met-office-warns-of-hazardous-snow-and-ice