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Met Office issues new heavy snow alerts with 5-10cm falling in some UK areas

A severe weather warning for snow across Britain has been upgraded from yellow to amber after forecasters predicted long travel delays, power cuts, and disruption to rural areas.

The Met Office increased its heavy snow warning on Friday in preparation for snowfall from the early hours of Saturday.

Forecasters said at least 1-3cm is expected fairly widely across the UK, with 5-10cm in some places, and between 300-400m in the Scottish mountains.

Drivers have been urged to take precaution on the roads to prevent the likelihood of vehicles and passengers becoming stranded.

Residents in rural communities are also advised to prepare for extreme weather which could lead to them being cut off.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Scotland from midnight to 6pm earlier on Friday, and later updated the advice to include England, and to start and finish earlier.

A second severe yellow warning is inlace over South East England, and it runs from 3am tomorrow to 8pm tomorrow.

East Midlands – including Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland; the East of England – including Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk and Thurrock, are all affected.

As well as this, London & South East England, including Bracknell Forest; Buckinghamshire; East Sussex; Greater London; Hampshire; Kent; Medway; Milton Keynes; Oxfordshire; Reading; Slough; Surrey; West Berkshire; West Sussex; Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham, will see snow.

In its warning, The Met Office said: "A band of heavy snow may bring disruption as it moves eastwards on Saturday.

"From 3am tomorrow (Saturday) to 8pm tomorrow, residents in these regions should expect: possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel, possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers and some rural communities could become cut off.

"Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected."

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For east Scotland and northern England, the Met Office said snow level could rise to above 300-400m by mid-morning.

It forecasts: "An area of rain pushing eastwards is expected to turn to snow in places.

"Snow is likely to fall to low levels over east Scotland and northern England for a time on the leading edge of the rain before the snow level rises to above 300-400m by mid morning."

Adding: "East Anglia and parts of Kent and Sussex look most at risk of seeing snow for longest.

"1-3 cm of snow may fall fairly widely over these areas with 5-10 cm possible in places, mostly over parts of East Anglia and any higher ground.

"Given recent wet weather and high river levels with rain and snow falling, then melting some flooding impacts are also possible."

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