Snow and ice warning issued for Northumberland

Snow hits roads in south-east England as UK braces for bitter spell

The Status Yellow Snow-ice warning issued for Co Leitrim yesterday has been extended nationwide.

British Airways has cancelled dozens of flights amid warnings that nearly every part of the United Kingdom will be hit by snow over the next two days.

Both opportunities for spraying and drying will be limited in the coming days as a result of the cold, wintry weather.

Met Eireann's general forecast states: "Today will be cold and frosty this morning with icy patches".

"Showers are more likely along the north Norfolk coast on Tuesday while inland areas are likely to remain largely dry".

He said there could be between 4cm to 7cm of snow, but many areas would get no snow at all.

Exacta Weather's James Madden warned heavy and widespread snowfall this week threatens significant disruption.

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The yellow weather warning of snow and ice might cause delay in traffic.

Up to 12 inches (30cm) of snow could fall over higher ground, namely the Scottish Highlands, as the end of the weekend approaches, she said.

"Sleet, snow and hail showers will affect the Northern Isles, northwest Highlands and Hebrides during Tuesday, while elsewhere it will be sunny".

"Total snow accumulation by the end of the week expected to be 20 to 30 centimetres [12 inches] over the hills".

"This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services".

The chief forecaster said: "Scattered rain, sleet and snow showers are expected to be most frequent across Kent and East Sussex during Sunday evening".

Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on the mercury touching -10C (14F) this week from 5-4 to 4-7 with 1-3 from 2-1 on this week bringing the coldest night of the year.

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