As temperatures are expected to drop to as low as minus 15 degrees overnight ahead of a day of potential sleet and snow showers over much of Scotland, warnings have been given.
Large parts of the country were already hit on Thursday morning by a band of snow that turned into intermittent showers as it pushed to the south.
Forecasters said that an even colder air blast from Greenland is moving in that will bring biting temperatures into Friday morning overnight and a larger region of sleet and snow on Friday.
Rain, sleet and snow will pass through northern England into Wales this afternoon.
Freezing fog clouds over areas of England
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– January 7th, 2021 Met Office (@metoffice)
But the Met Office said a “slight warming,” would occur at the weekend, minimizing the chances of snow and frost.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said that for most of the UK, yellow alerts for snow and ice will be in effect. For the next two days, the police and councils advised commuters to look after snowy roads.
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“The wintry theme continues, certainly for the next couple of days, but we then see a warming trend with a little less cold air coming in over the weekend.”The winter theme continues, undoubtedly for the next couple of days, but then we see a warming trend come in over the weekend with a little less cold air.
Mr. Claydon said that by Friday morning, the front that crossed Scotland carried snow to most parts of the nation, including lower elevations and higher elevations in northern England.
Snow depths of up to 11 cm were reported at Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands, and temperatures at Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway fell to as low as minus 6.4 degrees overnight.
Mr. Claydon said snow accumulations had also occurred in some low-lying areas in the counties of northern England, with snow falling on Thursday afternoon in several parts of Cumbria and Northumberland.
Mr. Claydon said the additional cold air band moving south later on Thursday would bring additional winter weather.
“There is an even colder pool of air coming in from Greenland that will affect Scotland.”There is an even colder pool of air that will affect Scotland coming from Greenland.
“So, showers coming from the North Sea into Scotland will come down to lower elevations as snow showers.
“And a very cold night for sheltered mountain areas over a blanket of snow tonight, even as low as -10C (14F) to -15C (5F) possible.”
Mr. Claydon said that in Scotland, night temperatures could drop to as low as minus 4C in urban areas (24.8F).
Earlier, to stop people venturing into the ice, frozen ponds at Queen’s Park in Glasgow and Rouken Glen Boating Pond in Giffnock had to be filled in.
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On Tuesday, a boy plunged through the ice at Queen’s Park – sparking a police operation to get people out of the frozen pond.
The Chief Superintendent of Police Scotland, David Duncan, urged people this winter to remain safe around bodies of water.
“Winter and Christmas bring higher demands on all emergency services and partner agencies that work with blue light services,” he said.
With the current travel and socialization restrictions as a result of coronavirus, more people could be out and about than normal in their local area, even visiting new locations.
If they are frozen or not, the best advice is to avoid open bodies of water and not put yourself, your children or your pets in danger. At first sight, it’s difficult to tell how dense the ice is, and water temperatures will easily chill anyone under broken ice. This winter, please keep the water clean.