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Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

UK braced for coldest day of year yet as Met Office brings forward yellow snow warnings

The Met Office has been forced to bring forward its weather warnings for snow after an Arctic plume began to hit the UK earlier than expected.

Yellow warnings for snow across part of Scotland will now be in force from Sunday evening, with the cold air then moving over the country and down to northern England.

It comes as forecasters believe the country could potentially see its coldest temperatures of the year so far tomorrow, with conditions remaining chilly throughout the week.

The Met Office said the mercury could drop below minus 10C on Monday night on higher ground in northern Scotland, with northerly winds making it feel even colder.

Wintry conditions may lead to up to 10cm of snow on higher ground in Scotland and 5cm at lower levels, causing potential disruption on roads and rails.

Weather warning for Sunday 5 March (Met Office)
Weather warning for Monday 6 March (Met Office)

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has meanwhile issued a cold weather alert and has placed north-east England, north-west England and Yorkshire under a level three alert, with the rest of England at level two.

The level three alert means there is a 90% chance of severely cold weather, icy conditions or heavy snow, which could increase the health risk to vulnerable patients, the NHS said.

The alerts all apply between 1am on Monday and midnight on Thursday.

Meteorologist Honor Criswick said: "We are expecting a few more snow shower outbreaks into this evening and seeing a bit more snowfall early on, which is why the warning was brought forward.

The Met Office said the mercury could drop below minus 10C on Monday night (pictured: snow in Northern Ireland in January) (PA)

"We are expecting pretty cold conditions and snow showers over the next few days across Scotland and northern parts of England.

"Temperature wise, we could possibly see lows of minus 10C in the sheltered glens and higher ground across northern Scotland on Monday night, so it's going to be feeling quite cold and the breeze is picking up a little bit so will be feeling rather chilly.

"Potentially we could see some of the coldest temperatures so far this year. The lowest we have seen was in January at minus 10.4C, so we could see something turn lower than that.

Snowy conditions in Hexham in January this year (PA)

"We are expecting between 5cm and 10cm of snow across higher ground, so if we see more accumulations on lower ground of between 2cm and 5cm we could see some travel disruption on Monday into Tuesday."

Areas affected by the warnings could experience power outages, delays to road, rail and air travel, icy surfaces and some rural communities may be cut off by the freezing conditions.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: "During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health.

"If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18C if you can."

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