More cold weather is coming this week as ice and snow warnings issued

More cold weather is coming this week as ice and snow warnings issued
The Met Office is warning ice and snow showers will hit the UK this week (Photo: Shutterstock)

Further cold weather is set to strike the UK this week, as the Met Office warns that more snow, sleet showers and icy conditions are on the way.

Today (Wed 23 Jan) is expected to be the chilliest day of the week, with some northern areas of the country experiencing temperatures as low as minus 2C.

Severe weather warning

The Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning until 11am for ice across much of the country this morning, while coastal areas are expected to see more snow and sleet showers throughout the day.

The alert warned of ice forming on roads, pavements and cycle paths early this morning, with commuters urged to travel with caution.

A Met Office spokesperson said Northern Ireland saw “some significant accumulations” on Tuesday (22 Jan), which later “pushed across Wales, central parts of England and towards the South East”.

“We’ve seen a few centimetres in particular over the hills, but also a good dusting of snow to lower levels as well,” they added.

“Those concerned about the yellow warnings should allow extra time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements.

“It’s patches of ice left over from snow showers that people should look out for.”

Travel delays

The wintry weather caused some disruption to rush-hour rail services this morning, and with cold conditions on the way, commuters should be prepared for further possible delays.

Commuters should allow extra time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements (Photo: Shutterstock)
Commuters should allow extra time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements (Photo: Shutterstock)

Greater Anglia Rail advised customers that trains will be running with speed restrictions between Hackney Downs and Cambridge, and services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes, or revised.

Merseyrail said that due to ice preventing electricity from reaching the trains, services between Aintree and Ormskirk, Hooton and Ellesmere Port, and Hooton and Chester have been cancelled.

Other Merseyrail lines are still operating, although passengers have been to expect severe delays and cancellations.

A chilly weekend

Some coastal showers are set to continue overnight, while many central and eastern areas are expected to be clear, cold and frosty.

The weather will warm slightly towards the end of this week, but more cold weather is due to arrive for the weekend.

“Gradually some slightly warmer air will push in for the latter part of the week, but we have a band of rain pushing in Saturday which will push much colder air in behind it,” said the Met Office.