Snow, ice and journey chaos warning after Storm Caroline

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     SNOW FALL Snow in Aviemore Scotland

A band of wintry showers will unleash another deluge of thick snow across the United Kingdom as damp air from the Atlantic crashes into a freezing Polar blast.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said: "The worst of the snow is now across parts of Wales and the west and southern Midlands, while there is some snow falling over the home counties as well".

Traffic Scotland also advised drivers to increase their stopping distances in the icy conditions and take a de-icer and scraper with them.

The Highlands, Northern Ireland and Wales woke to wintry scenes on Friday, with ongoing snowfall in many parts of Britain causing power cuts, school closures, and travel disruption.

A statement said: "Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations".

The Met Office said there is a "good chance" some rural communities could become cut off.

This follows unsafe and violent winds caused by Storm Caroline, which has now started to move away from Britain.

A yellow warning of snow and ice covering western parts stretching from Devon and Cornwall in the south to the far north of Scotland is in place until 6pm on Saturday evening.

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John West, Met Office meteorologist, said: "We saw a fairly consistent stream of snow showers overnight, and there will be a constant feed throughout the day and into Friday".

National Rail has warned of travel disruption on both East Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways as a result of the snow.

Warnings are also in place for snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for high winds in the south.

Forecasters have warned of up to 20cm of snow for some areas, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and the northwest Midlands.

'At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber'.

Heaviest snow showers will be confined to northeast Scotland as Saturday draws to a close.

Forecasting maps show that between three and five inches could fall in Wales and the West Midlands over the weekend.

The Met Office says across the United Kingdom, 2-5 cm (1-2 inches) of snow is likely in the other affected areas, with 10-20 cm possible in some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, and possibly the north-west Midlands.

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