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UK weather: Snow to have ‘major impact on travel’ as yellow warning issued in some areas

BBC Weather forecasts low temperatures with snow in Scotland

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Snow and strong winds could lead to possible disruption to travel on Sunday, causing the UK’s national weather service to issue a warning from 00:15am to noon. Gusts reaching 35 to 45mph in some places are expected.

Two warnings are in place from Perth to Glasgow and from the Scottish borders down to Leeds.

However, the risk of snow primarily concerns mountains in Scotland and North England.

Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at, told “The yellow warning for snow in Scotland is mainly in the mountains and higher terrain north of Glasgow.

“So, any impact on travel should be minimal as the wind and snow will only be confined to relatively sparsely populated areas across the higher terrain.

“In England, it is a similar situation as the yellow warning for snow is mainly confined to the higher terrain of the Pennines.

“So, again, major impacts on travel are not anticipated outside of the mountains for the more populated areas that will just see rain.”

On Saturday, the rest of the country should expect a rainy weekend, especially across southern areas of England and Wales.

Temperatures will remain below 5C in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In contrast, South England will experience the double with 10C across the South West.

Regarding Sunday temperatures, Mr Pydynowski added: “Major cities such as Glasgow or Edinburgh will only have a chilly rain with highs around 5C.

“Leeds, York, Manchester, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne will generally see a chilly rain with highs between 4-6C.

“Across southern England on Sunday, including London, it will be rather mild with highs near 10C and rainy spells.”

The Met Office also forecasts sleet and hill snow between Sunday and Monday before mild temperatures spread over the UK.

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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) previously issued a cold weather alert for Christmas and asked Brits to “look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather”.

Agostinho Sousa, a consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA, said in a statement: “It’s important to check on those who are more vulnerable to cold weather, including older neighbours or relatives – especially those living alone or those who have a serious illness.”

“Remind them to heat their home to at least 18 Celsius, 64.4 Fahrenheit. It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need.”

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