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UK weather: Snow showers expected to cause travel delays


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Snow is continuing to fall in many parts of the UK, amid warnings that icy conditions overnight could cause travel delays and “cut off” some rural areas.The Met Office said snow showers would continue to affect parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and parts of the Midlands.Hundreds of properties are without power in the West Midlands.The Met has yellow “be aware” warnings for parts of the country, with an amber “be prepared” alert in place on Sunday.On Sunday “there is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off”, the Met Office said.’Hazardous’ roadsMore than 300 homes and businesses are without power in the West Midlands, while electricity supplies were restored in parts of Scotland, where 18,000 households were affected by the weather.It comes after Storm Caroline brought winds gusting more than 90mph on Thursday, disrupting rail and ferry travel and shutting dozens of schools in Scotland.Highways officials have reported “hazardous” driving conditions and police in Shropshire in the West Midlands advised against driving unless “absolutely necessary”.There are long delays on the A49 near Shrewsbury, with Highways England saying numerous lorries have broken down. Earlier, a whole section was shut down after several vehicles skidded due to the snow.Across the UK:
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The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire, is appealing for 4×4 drivers to help transport nursing and clinical staff over the weekend
Schools across the UK were closed – including all schools in Orkney, Shetland, 172 schools in Wales and more than 350 in the West Midlands
A coastguard helicopter carrying engineers was deployed to help restore power to North Ronaldsay, Orkney’s northernmost island
Passengers had to spend Thursday night on board the Orkney ferry Hamnavoe after it was unable to berth in Stromness
Up to 20cm of snow is expected in Northern Ireland and the Rathlin ferry service has also been cancelled
A severe accident on the M6 Staffordshire southbound has caused disruption and one lane closure
BBC weather presenter Louise Lear said conditions would remain blustery and cold – with temperatures ranging from -2C to 3C (28F-38F).A yellow warning is the lowest level issued by the Met Office, rising in severity through amber to red for the most severe weather.What does yellow, red and amber mean?
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The Met Office said 2-5cm (1-2in) of snow was likely across some parts of the UK, with up to 20cm (8in) possible in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and the northwest Midlands.It said icy surfaces were likely to be an “additional hazard”, especially overnight.
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“Impacts include possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel.”About 8cm (3in) of snow has fallen in Aviemore, in the Highlands, while parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and areas to the west of the Pennines have also seen a covering.

“The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to north-east Scotland during Saturday,” the Met Office warning added.It put a more severe amber warning in place for Sunday, with heavy snow expected to disrupt public transport links in parts of Wales, the Midlands and northern England.

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