Met Office issues snow and ice warnings as Beast from the East returns

The Met Office today issued warnings of heavy snow and ice for some parts of the country.

There are yellow weather warnings for Yorkshire & Humber, parts of the North East of England and Wales.

It is also likely that road and rail disruptions could occur due to the harsh weather conditions.

The new warnings come as the beast returns from the east. The mirror reports.

Forecasters say several inches of snow will fall in the days leading up to January 17th, and parts of Scotland are forecasting a staggering 31 centimeters [80cm] towards the end of the month.

The Met Office today warned of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces and said there would be icy spots on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said “hard frosts” will hit the UK in the first week of January.

“Obviously it’s very cold and it will stay cold this week,” he said.

“While there will be some winter hazards, it’s not really until the end of the week that we see significant snow.”

Cold easterly winds will develop next week bringing wintry showers, especially in the eastern parts, while dangerous frost, freezing and ice risks remain, the Met Office added.

RAC Breakdown Spokesperson Simon Williams said, “The message for those who need to drive is to adjust their speed to the conditions and allow extra braking distance so 2021 doesn’t start with an unwanted bump and insurance claim.

“Snow and ice are by far the toughest driving conditions, so if they can be avoided, this is probably the best strategy.”

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