Met Office announces every UK city at risk of snow as it issues weather warnings

The Met Office has outlined every major city likely to see treacherous conditions caused by ice and snow this weekend.

A cold spell descending on the country has driven temperatures below zero, with people living in Scotland having seen lows of -8C. Snow has fallen over the area this weekend and will fall over several dozen others into Sunday evening, according to Met Office yellow warnings.

The warnings are active over five broad areas, covering regions in Scotland and England. Among the dozens of areas within those warnings are several cities where the severe cold system could cause up to 10cm of snow.

The furthest north warning from the Met Office covers Scotland’s northernmost reaches, including Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway. A second, more southern warning covers the southwest, including the home nation’s largest city, Glasgow.

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The city and its surrounds will see between one and three centimetres of snow, primarily above 200 metres. Snow will drift further south throughout the day, eventually reaching Wales and the Midlands.

More than a dozen areas can expect similar totals, between one to three centimetres, including Lincoln, Nottingham, Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

The most snow will fall over Wales, where it could settle between five and 10 centimetres deep. Further south, snow will skirt London, dodging the UK’s capital in favour of Essex and Canterbury to the east and Essex, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro to the west.

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Much of the snow will have stopped falling by Saturday morning in most of these cities, aside from those in the Midlands and northeast England. The Met Office expects snowy showers will move inland overnight, with a mixture of icy conditions blasting the area into Sunday evening.

The forecast states: “Showers are expected to move inland overnight with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow falling onto sub-zero surfaces leading to a risk of icy patches.

“Snow is most likely over hills, especially across the south of Dumfries and Galloway and parts of Cumbria and may lead to small accumulations of around one to three centimetres above 200 metres.”

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