15cm of snow is expected to bury Brits as the country braces for major ice warnings and ‘thundersnow.’


Snowfall in the UK is expected to reach 15cm, with major ice warnings and ‘thundersnow’ in the forecast.

As the UK faces multiple snow and ice weather warnings, Britons have been advised to “travel with caution.”

Today’s snow and ice warnings are in effect until 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively, according to the Met Office.

Snowfall of up to 15cm could fall in some places, according to a yellow weather warning that stretches from Staffordshire to the Outer Hebrides.

The western half of Northern Ireland is included in the second warning.

Falling snow, according to the UK’s national weather service, may cause “some temporary slushy accumulations, which may then freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.”

“Winds will be gusty around heavier showers, and there is also a small chance of isolated thunderstorms producing lightning strikes,” they added.

Travelers should exercise caution when driving in the wintry conditions, according to Alyssa Smithmyer, a meteorologist with the forecasting website Accuweather, who also advised Brits to dress warmly.

“AccuWeather forecasters advise motorists to exercise caution when driving in these winter weather conditions,” she said.

“It’s best to maintain a safe following distance between vehicles, keep your fuel tank at least halfway full, and travel slowly.”

“With chilly temperatures and snow showers across parts of the UK and Ireland, anyone traveling on foot or by bicycle should bundle up and avoid exposing too much skin to the cold air and wind.”

“Hats, gloves, coats, and even boots are all strongly advised.”

Ms Smithmyer predicted 3 to 8cm of snowfall on Friday, with daytime temperatures in parts of north-central Scotland as low as -6C.

The meteorologist stated that the conditions would not be severe enough to be classified as a blizzard, but thundersnow was still a possibility.

“Most coastal locations across the western UK are expected to have periods of moderately gusty winds on Friday,” she said.

“Based on the current wind gust forecast, blizzard conditions are not expected; however, some blowing snow showers are possible for a short time.”

“Blizzard-like winds are not expected in areas where snowfall is expected.”

“Thundersnow is still a possibility.”


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