Met Office: Severe Weather Warnings For Ice, Snow and Heavy Rain in UK
Severe warnings for ice, snow and heavy rain have been issued for most of northern England and Scotland this weekend.
After Punxsutawney Phil the American groundhog cast a shadow this morning to forecast six more weeks of winter, it looks like he will be proven right in the UK at least.
If you're going out tonight, or over the rest of the weekend, you're gonna want to take a jacket out with you. It's going to be cold.
It's already been pretty chilly out there, but it is going to get worse before it gets better, unfortunately.
Even in the warmest of places it is only going to be 7 degrees. Most places are going to be about 1 degree or below. Up to 3cm of snow could be hitting higher areas, but the problem is going to be ice.
The MET Office chief forecaster said: "As we enter a spell of cold weather, a band of rain and snow will move into the UK overnight and into Saturday.
"Over high ground in Scotland and across the higher Pennine routes, snowfall may amount to 2 or 3 cm in places.
"However, the main hazards seem more likely to come from ice, where rain falls on frozen surfaces."
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There will be snow and rain turning to ice in the north west and north east of England, with temparatures possibly getting down to about -3 degrees.
The severe warning is in effect until Saturday morning at 11am.
The south of England might see a frost, but it will be nothing like as cold or icy as the north.
As always with these sorts of things, expect there to be problems on the roads (be especially careful out there if it has rained and then become very cold - it's probably icy) and public transport will presumably grind slowly to a halt as a result of the conditions.
It's always a good time to go and check out the names of Scotland's gritting vehicles which will be out on the roads working overtime.
Sir Andy Flurry and Gritty Gritty Bang Bang will be very busy this weekend by the looks of things.
The real trick would be to avoid it altogether and find somewhere to sit by a fire with a drink.
Whatever you do, stay safe out there.
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