WEATHER UPDATE: Yellow warning of snow and ice issued for North Yorkshire

The Met Office has issued an update to the snow warning released yesterday.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 12:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 12:34 pm
The area covered by the weather warning

The warning is now in place from 08:00 Wednesday January 13 until 21:00 on Thursday January 14

Headline

Heavy snow may affect parts of the warning area, with possible significant travel disruption.

What to expect

Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, especially across higher routes, with potential for road closures.

Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel

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

Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be dangerous or even impassable, posing a greater risk of injuries and accidents.

Further details

An area of rain pushing north-eastwards is expected to turn snow in places as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern England.

At first the main hazard may be of rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes.

However snow becomes more likely later Wednesday and at least for a time on Thursday.

Heavier snowfall is more likely above 100 m in Scotland and above 200 m in England, where 5-10 cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20 cm on highest routes.

At lower levels, 2 - 5 cm of snow may accumulate in places, but the situation remains finely balanced, with the possibility that most lower-lying areas in northern England see rain or sleet rather than snow.