The Met Office issued a yellow snow and ice weather warning in parts of the UK today as a new beast drove in from the east with a subzero explosion.
Snow is already reported in parts of the Midlands, including some falls in areas of Birmingham.
Forecasters warned of snow and ice in much of northern England, the Midlands and Wales on Saturday January 2nd.
Maps show a band of wintry weather leading to Stoke on Trent and then west to Shropshire and Worcestershire.
The Met Office said snowfall will make travel conditions difficult in some places. Some roads and railways are likely to experience longer travel times by road, bus, and train.
There will be icy spots on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths, and this may lead to reports of injuries from slips and falls, the Met Office said.
The forecast for Birmingham predicts “light snow by early evening”. – although it has already arrived in some parts of the city. Check out the video above to see snow fall in Quinton this morning.
Snow is expected in and around the city at 8 p.m., with temperatures dropping to zero and feeling like -3 ° C.
Drivers are warned of difficult conditions as sleet and snow move south.
Forecasters say 2 cm to 5 cm of snow is likely to be above higher ground, with about 1 cm to 2 cm on lower levels.
The warning is valid until 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Drivers were warned of the risk of ice patches quickly forming after collisions on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day after sunset.
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.”