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UK weather: Wintry weather triggers amber warnings

The first batch of severe weather of the winter is will hit the UK this weekend. The hazardous weather will include snow and ice with northern Britain most susceptible on Saturday afternoon and overnight into Sunday.

Between 10:00 Saturday 15th and 06:00 Sunday 16th December

Freezing rain is expected to result in the rapid development of widespread ice, with very dangerous travelling conditions likely.

What to expect

  • Injuries from slips and falls and danger to life on icy surfaces are likely
  • Black ice may form quickly affecting bus, train and air travel
  • Dangerous driving conditions are likely leading to road traffic collisions, road closures and longer journey times
  • Pavements and cycle paths likely to become instantly impassable because of the sudden formation of black ice
  • Power and other services, such as telephone and mobile phone coverage, likely to be interrupted or cut


Starting cold on Saturday, then windy with coastal gales. Rain moving in during the afternoon, sometimes heavy, with snow and blizzards mainly over hills, and perhaps freezing rain later. Maximum temperature 3 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Windy with rain and hill snow lingering on Sunday, becoming drier, brighter. Frosty locally with hazy sushine Monday, milder and windy later. Mild, windy with rain on Tuesday, gales locally.

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 18 Dec 2018 to Thursday 27 Dec 2018:

Tuesday will see some unsettled and windy weather with coastal gales, cloud, and outbreaks of rain and drizzle moving eastwards across the UK. The rain and drizzle will be followed by sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers. Showers will fall as snow over northern higher ground. As we head through the remainder of the week and into the Christmas week it will probably stay unsettled, with further spells of wind and rain, these interspersed by some brighter and showery weather. Temperatures on the whole look likely to be a little milder than average. However, in the period after Christmas Day there is an increased likelihood that milder spells will become short-lived and a colder and more showery northerly or northwesterly regime could become established across the UK.

Christmas shoppers are being warned to take care this weekend

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