LONDON, UK – Britain is preparing for an Arctic blast as the Met Office issued rare amber weather warnings for heavy snow and ice across parts of the UK on Thursday.
The amber alerts predict up to 25cm of snow in higher areas of North Wales, Shropshire, the Peak District and Pennines. Strong easterly winds could cause drifting and travel disruption.
People in affected regions are advised to avoid driving and consider alternate transportation. Rural communities may get cut off amid the harsh conditions.
Yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place for Northern England, North Wales, the Midlands and Northern Ireland into Friday. Southern England and South Wales also face heavy rain and flooding risks.
The snow comes after mild temperatures across the UK earlier this week. But forecasters warn the cold snap will significantly impact travel. Drivers are urged to allow extra time and prepare for difficult journeys.
The Met Office links the Arctic blast to a “clash of air masses” as the UK contends with an exceptionally stormy autumn and winter. 10 named storms have hit already this season.
With more adverse weather predicted, experts advise the public to heed warnings and take necessary precautions to stay safe during the harsh conditions. Travel delays are highly likely in affected areas.
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