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Severe weather warnings issued for snow and ice in parts of Scotland

By Gregor White

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An Amber warning for snow has been issued for parts of Scotland as well as north east England.

There is also a yellow national severe weather warning in place for snow and ice across large parts of Scotland and England

The Amber snow warning is valid from 3pm this afternoon until 10am tomorrow morning.

The Met Office says rain will turn to snow, initially on high ground this afternoon, but increasingly to lower levels.

The risk of snow will extend southwards into northern parts of England this evening. 10 to 20cm of snow could accumulate above 200 metres within the warning area and some places at lower levels could see 5 to 10cm of snow by Thursday morning. Snow is likely to slowly die out through tomorrow afternoon.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said; “There is cold air from the north pushing down the east side of the UK and warm air moving in from the west. Where these two air masses meet a weather front is bringing some heavy rain which is turning to snow in places."

The current, more widespread, yellow warning for snow and ice is valid until 9pm tomorrow evening.

It covers the risk of snow and sleet this afternoon across large parts of northern England and Scotland, as well as the risk of ice with rain falling on frozen surfaces overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.

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