Met Office issues ANOTHER red weather warning as United Kingdom faces 'blizzard conditions'

Marco Green
March 3, 2018

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. We are look at heavy snowfall pushing across southern Wales and south-west England through the day but there will be gale-force winds as well, the worst have been blowing to blizzard conditions.

Elsewhere, a young boy had a lucky escape when he was rescued from a frozen lake.

Police Scotland have also issued a series of warnings and advice to road users as the Met Office's yellow warning comes into effect.

The whole of Cumbria is now covered by a weather warning.

The amber warning, covering the wider Portsmouth area, is in place from 12pm on Thursday until 8am on Friday.

NHS 24's Medical Director, Dr Laura Ryan advises people to keep warm and stay indoors if possible but if they feel unwell to check NHS 24's health information service at www.nhsinform.scot: "Because the weather is making it so hard to get out, we would urge people to check NHS inform if they feel unwell".

"We can't stress enough that all travel should be avoided unless it's essential being absolutely necessary and extremely important".

On the roads, a lorry came off the A90 at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire and there have been several accidents elsewhere.

The forecast for Thursday and Friday from the Met Office states: "There is the potential for a spell of snow, moving northwards over southern Britain on Thursday, to intensify and become heavy on Thursday afternoon/evening as it spreads north".

Commuters are urged to check their routes before travelling.

Jeff J. Mitchell  Getty ImagesA woman makes her way through the snow
Jeff J. Mitchell Getty ImagesA woman makes her way through the snow

He added that on Tuesday night a record number of people had been referred to services in any 24-hour period, and that the numbers were expected to go up by Wednesday night.

The extreme weather shows no sign of letting up, with fears snow in the south west could turn into freezing rain on Friday - making conditions "even more treacherous".

There was also misery for drivers in Scotland - where the highest level of weather warning, a red alert, remains in place until 10am on Thursday.

In the meanwhile, a severe snowstorm has hit most parts of Ireland, leaving local resident's lives and businesses in the country seriously disrupted, local media reported.

A yellow warning of ice is in place for Saturday 0.05am to 9am starting with cold temperatures of -1┬░and a 50% chance of some snow showers in the early hours of the morning.

Edinburgh Airport also tweeted to say most airlines have cancelled their operations had cancelled flights from there until lunchtime on Thursday.

Major airports including London Gatwick and Heathrow told passengers that cancellations loomed, while Glasgow Airport announced it was closed until 3pm.

Mr Snell revealed that a red warning for snow has never before been issued for Scotland, England or Northern Ireland.

Some communities could become cut off for several days.

The weather is the result of Storm Emma, coming in from the Atlantic and meeting the Beast from the East, a patch of cold weather, which came from Russian Federation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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