Warnings as more wintry weather forecast

A yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Northern Ireland  Credit Met Office

A yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Northern Ireland Credit Met Office

Weather charts reveal much of the country will be at risk from heavy snow fall from Monday with not much let up through the rest of January.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for northern parts of the United Kingdom from Monday with frequent and heavy hail and snow showers set to affect millions of people, with those in Scotland and Northern Ireland most likely to face the brunt of the wintery weather.

The snow and ice warning will be in effect from 6pm on Monday to 11am on Wednesday, but even though the warning doesn't cover it, it is predicted that places as southern as Cardiff should expect around 10cm of snow by Tuesday.

The heaviest and most frequent showers would be in the north and west of the United Kingdom, which could see 2-5cm of snow. In the afternoon it will become colder, falling as snow on hills and sleet on higher ground.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "We have a system coming in from the northwest on Sunday night bringing some very strong winds and showers".

There is a small chance that power cuts may occur and travel delays on roads are also possible. The largest accumulations of snow will be over high ground with over 10 cm building up above 200 metres. Showers will also be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across northern and western Scotland.

"Here in particular there is potential for disruption to power supplies from frequent lightning strikes".

James Madden, a forecaster for Exacta Weather, warned that snow will hit "northern and western areas" next week.

"Then from Monday evening the showers are likely to turn to snow".

He said: 'We are currently in the calm before the storm, there are now strong signals for a potent wintry blast to arrive early next week.

It you thought you had seen the last of the freezing cold conditions think again.

For now, apart from a few scattered showers across Scotland, it's a dry but cloudy picture this morning for most.

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