New weather warnings issued as RAC warns of ‘ice rink Monday’

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New weather warnings issued as RAC warns of ‘ice rink Monday’

There’s a warning of treacherous conditions on roads and pavements this morning – with thawed snow expected to refreeze overnight and bring an “ice rink Monday” to some areas.

New Met Office warnings include alerts for ice across much of northern England and parts of the Midlands, as well as snow for higher areas of Wales, the Peak District and a large part of Scotland.

The forecaster said snow could once again cause travel disruption – with 2cm to 5cm possible on roads above 150m, and potentially 10cm to 15cm above 350m.

Met Office weather warnings for 04/12/2023. Pic: Met Office screenshot

Weather warnings for Monday. Pic: Met Office.

The warnings run until noon today.

RAC spokesperson Simon Williams said some areas could have an “ice rink Monday as snow refreezes overnight”.

“We’re expecting some very treacherous icy conditions in northern parts, so those who have to drive should exercise great caution,” said Mr Williams.

“If it’s possible to delay or even abandon journeys that may well be the best option.”

Much of the country was hit by freezing conditions over the weekend, including a low of -12.5C in northern Scotland

More than 1,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Cumbria this morning, Sky News understands, after heavy snow caused power cuts.

Cumbria was one of the worst affected regions, with up to 30cm of snow falling in places, and officials declared a major incident there on Saturday.

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People walk through the snow beside the beach huts at Blyth in Northumberland, as temperatures are tipped to plunge to as low as minus 11C in parts of the UK over the weekend. Picture date: Sunday December 3, 2023.

Beach huts at Blyth in Northumberland

Dozens of motorists in the Lake District were forced to abandon their cars, with many forced to stay in community centres, schools and a church.

Electricity North West said 7,500 homes and businesses had been reconnected but engineers faced “treacherous conditions” and were still working on some properties on Sunday evening.

The weather also caused disruption at airports: East Midlands was forced to temporarily close its runway on Sunday, while some flights were cancelled at Glasgow and Stansted on Saturday.

A goat in the snow in the North York Moors National Park

A goat in the North York Moors National Park

A man walks in the snow, Keele, Staffordshire, Britain, December 3, 2023. REUTERS/Carl Recine

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As well as ice and snow, the Met Office also issued warnings for rain across parts of southern Wales and southwest England, with the alert running until 6pm.

Forecasters said there was a risk of flooding, as well as potential disruption to train and bus services.

However, Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said the weather would likely become milder later in the week.

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