Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Cold snap bites - and more to come

A two-year-old boy plays in the snow in Whitburn in West Lothian
A wintry scene in Gateshead after heavy snowfalls and blizzards
A man clears snow at Harthill service station in central Scotland following heavy snow

The cold snap has continued to bite, with sub-zero temperatures recorded over much of the country and warnings of more to come.

The chilly spell is set to go on for the next few days, bringing "hazardous conditions", but warmer weather is expected next week, forecasters said.

Northern Ireland, Wales and the south east of England woke up to snow as heavy rain brought by a low pressure system turned to sleet or snow.

The north and parts of Scotland also saw snowfall overnight, with 6cm recorded in Glasgow. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, saw 2cm of snow, and 4cm fell in parts of Northern Ireland.

Andy Page, chief forecaster at the Met Office, warned: "Snow, heavy rain and strong winds are all expected to affect parts of the UK over the next day or so, bringing hazardous conditions at times."

Clare Allen, forecaster for MeteoGroup, said that further snowfall has failed to settle, with only 1cm being recorded in Scotland.

The coldest temperatures were recorded in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, where it was -3C for much of the day.

Ms Allen said: "We've been experiencing snow mainly over higher ground, in Wales, Scotland, the Pennines, the Lake District, but it's wet and sleety snow so is not settling.

"The rest of the country is expected to remain very cold with widespread frosts and everywhere below zero, apart from the South West."

She said that temperatures in the south of England and Wales are likely to go down to -1C, and drop to -2C in Yorkshire, -4C in the Borders, and down to -6C in Scotland over the weekend.

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