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UK snow forecast - live: Met Office warns of snow before Christmas as temperatures plummet

The Met Office has said that snow is set to fall in the UK this week as strong blizzards have swept across eastern Europe, causing power cuts and closing schools.

Snow showers are expected in Scotland and the north-east of England from Wednesday and then spread to the south-east of the UK by the end of the week.

Temperatures could dip as low as -8C in the sheltered hills in Scotland and the rest of the country will see frosty weather from Tuesday.

Oli Claydon, a spokesman for the forecaster, said “We could see some snow moving into southeastern parts of the UK towards the end of the week, including Hampshire, however, it may also remain dry.”

It comes as eastern Europe has been hit with strong blizzards and severe snowfall that has already led to the deaths of three people.

Key Points

  • Three dead as first heavy snowfall and blizzards of winter hit eastern Europe

  • Met Office predicts when snow will hit the UK

  • UKHSA issues yellow cold-health alert for this week

  • UK weather forecast: Frosty weather to set in today

New snow and ice warning in place

11:15 , Lydia Patrick

The Met Office have issued another snow warning for Thursday as the north prepares for icy conditions.

The warning stretches across the North East of England and Scotland.

They forecast snowy showers inland leading to icy patches and hazardous conditions.

The warning comes into effect at 5pm tomorrow and remains until 11am Wednesday.

According to the Met Office, snow will fall over northern and eastern parts of Scotland and northeast England during Wednesday evening, overnight and into Thursday morning.

The snowfall onto frozen surfaces enables icy patches to form. Inland, up to 5cm of snow could fall.

The warning covers the North East of England and parts of Scotland (The Met Office)
The warning covers the North East of England and parts of Scotland (The Met Office)

Germany - Winter havoc as children trapped in school as drivers stuck in cars

10:58 , Lydia Patrick

As we are bracing ourselves for snow to arrive in the UK, other countries across Northern Europe are already battling brutal conditions.

German media have reported atleast two deaths and children have been stuck in school overnight.

Students and staff at a school had to sleep overnight in the building because school buses were no longer running. Firefighters set up sleeping accommodation for the 55 people stranded, including 27 children.

According to public broadcaster NRK, Germany’s western state of Hesse was particularly affected by the snow and icy roads, with power cuts due to fallen trees in some places, the news agency dpa reported.

Across Hesse, road accidents with injuries were reported and trees collapsed under the weight of snow.

Drivers were stuck in their cars in the Rheingau-Taunus district and about a hundred people had to be rescued due to fallen trees near the town of Eltville.

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Germany Weather (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Listed - All the areas affected by the snow warning

10:30 , Lydia Patrick

Central, Tayside & Fife

  • Angus

Grampian

  • Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray

Highlands & Eilean Siar

  • Na h-Eileanan Siar, Highland

North East England

  • Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland

Orkney & Shetland

  • Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

  • East Lothian and Scottish Borders

Yorkshire & Humber

  • East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire

Hazardous Ice and Snow to arrive as Met Office issue warning

10:17 , Lydia Patrick

The Met Office has issued a weather warning as snow is set to fall this evening leading to hazardous conditions and travel disruption.

The yellow warning is in place from 5pm this evening and stretches across the North of Scotland and the North East from Edinburgh down to Scarborough as snow and ice is expected.

A snow warning is in place across northern Scotland and the North East of England (The Met Office)
A snow warning is in place across northern Scotland and the North East of England (The Met Office)

Mapped - The Weather today

10:00 , Lydia Patrick

A cold start to the day for most of the UK as Scots braces themselves for freezing conditions tonight.

A chilly start for most as temperatures plummet to 0C in areas of Scotland (The Met Office)
A chilly start for most as temperatures plummet to 0C in areas of Scotland (The Met Office)
Warming up slightly in the South this afternoon (The Met Office)
Warming up slightly in the South this afternoon (The Met Office)
Scotland drops to below 0C tonight and the North of England faces freezing conditions (The Met Office)
Scotland drops to below 0C tonight and the North of England faces freezing conditions (The Met Office)

When is it going to snow?

09:00 , Lydia Patrick

Snow is set to fall on parts of the UK ahead of the Christmas period, the Met Office has said.

Oli Claydon, a spokesman for the forecaster, said snow showers are expected on the North Sea coast, including Scotland and the north east of England, from Wednesday and heading into the weekend.

“There will be snow showers but we are not likely to see significant accumulation on the ground,” he said.

Snow is set to fall on parts of the UK ahead of the Christmas period, the Met Office has said (PA) (PA Wire)
Snow is set to fall on parts of the UK ahead of the Christmas period, the Met Office has said (PA) (PA Wire)

Today’s forecast

08:00 , Lydia Patrick

A largely dry day, with plenty of bright or sunny spells with cold temperatures, say the met office.

There will be a scattering of showers, mainly focused towards coastal areas and an increasing risk of snow showers across northeast Scotland later.

Those on the east coast can expect to feel breezy conditions.

UK weather: Met Office gives snow update as temperatures to dip to -8C

07:00 , Stuti Mishra

Parts of the UK are set to experience snow and wintry showers this week as the cold spell continues, the Met Office said.Snow showers are expected on the North Sea coast, including Scotland and northeast of England starting from Wednesday and heading into the weekend.

Read the full story:

UK weather today: Met Office gives snow update

Romania issues red weather warnings after blizzards and strong winds

06:00 , Joe Middleton

In Romania, red weather warnings were issued in the eastern counties of Constanta, Tulcea, Galati, and Braila where winds were forecast to reach as high as 100 kph (62 mph), the National Meteorological Administration said.

Romania’s Minister of Energy Sebastian Burduja told The Associated Press on Sunday that more than 400 localities had suffered electrical outages.

Emergency authorities said that both national and local roads in the four counties were closed on Sunday. Officials in the counties of Constanta and Braila reported that at least 69 localities had been left without electricity but that teams had been deployed to fix the outages. Other, less severe weather warnings were also issued to other parts of Romania.

Yellow cold health alert issued

05:14 , Stuti Mishra

The UKHSA has issued a yellow cold-health alert for the health sector covering northern regions of England which runs through the whole week.

This comes as large parts of the country are set to see freezing temperatures.

London is set to see lows of between 1C and 0C throughout the week, the Met Office said.

The rest of the UK will also see frosty weather, with temperatures forecast to dip as low as -8C in sheltered hills and glens in Scotland.

Parts of rural eastern England could see temperatures as low as minus five, while across the country, top temperatures will range from around 2 to 7C - below average for this time of year.

UK weather forecast: Frosty weather to set in today

04:06 , Stuti Mishra

As parts of the UK are bracing for snow, most of the country will see frosty weather from today, with temperatures forecast to dip as low as -8C in sheltered hills and glens in Scotland.

The rest of the country can expect the mercury to go as low -2 to -5C.

The Met Office forecasts some sunny spells, but showers are expected in places, "potentially moving inland at times with some snow over high ground in the north".

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said snow showers are expected on the North Sea coast, including Scotland and the north east of England, from Wednesday.

He added that "we are not likely to see significant accumulation on the ground".

Heavy snow covers Ukraine roads as Russian forces advance

03:00 , Joe Middleton

Met Office predicts lowest temperatures around UK this week

02:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

How cold is a workplace allowed to get?

Monday 27 November 2023 20:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

You may be disappointed to learn that there is no specific law outlining the minimum or maximum temperature an office should exceed.

This means that, under the law, you cannot go home if your workplace is “too cold”.

That said, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice state: “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.”

The guidelines explain that a workplace should be at least 16C and at least 13C if a person’s work involves “rigorous physical effort”.

The government regulations don’t specify a maximum temperature, however, as some employees work in hot workplaces. According to the guidelines, work can continue “if the necessary precautions are taken”.

 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Wrap up for Wednesday morning commute

Monday 27 November 2023 19:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A chilly start to the morning tomorrow as temperatures around the UK remain are expected to be between 2-6C at 9am, according to the Met Office.

 (Met Office)
(Met Office)

Met Office predicts when snow will hit the UK

Monday 27 November 2023 17:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Met Office has predicted when snow will hit the UK this week as the first cold snap of the year continues.

Wintry showers will bring the possibility of snow on higher ground across northern England and Scotland later today, while there is the possibilty of “more significant snowfall” across the south later in the week, the forecaster said.

Met Office predicts when snow will hit the UK

Snow set to fall on parts of UK ahead of Christmas period

Monday 27 November 2023 17:10 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Snow is set to fall on parts of the UK ahead of the Christmas period, the Met Office has said.

Oli Claydon, a spokesman for the forecaster, said snow showers are expected on the North Sea coast, including Scotland and the north east of England, from Wednesday and heading into the weekend.

“There will be snow showers but we are not likely to see significant accumulation on the ground,” he said.

Snow set to fall on parts of UK ahead of Christmas period

Watch: Bulgaria issues red weather warning as heavy snow covers country

Monday 27 November 2023 13:57 , Joe Middleton

Pictured: Snow in Europe

Monday 27 November 2023 13:35 , Joe Middleton

A tree has falle on a car in Bulgaria (AP)
A tree has falle on a car in Bulgaria (AP)
A man shovels snow, as he tries to clear his car in town of Isperih, Northeast Bulgaria (AP)
A man shovels snow, as he tries to clear his car in town of Isperih, Northeast Bulgaria (AP)
A man takes his dog for a walk along snow-covered fields near the small Bavarian village of Alling, southern Germany (AFP via Getty Images)
A man takes his dog for a walk along snow-covered fields near the small Bavarian village of Alling, southern Germany (AFP via Getty Images)

The Met Office’s snow forecast

Monday 27 November 2023 13:08 , Joe Middleton

The Met Office has posted their snow forecast on X, formerly Twitter.

Snow set to fall on UK as early as Wednesday

Monday 27 November 2023 12:52 , Jabed Ahmed

The Met Office predicts snow to fall on parts of the UK later this week.

The forecaster said snow showers are expected on the North Sea coast, including Scotland and the north east of England, from Wednesday and heading into the weekend.

The rest of the UK will see frosty weather from Tuesday, with temperatures forecast to dip as low as minus eight degrees Celsius in areas of Scotland.

Parts of rural England could see temperatures as low as minus five.

Oli Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: “There will be snow showers but we are not likely to see significant accumulation on the ground.

“We could see some snow moving into southeastern parts of the UK towards the end of the week, including Hampshire.

“However, it may also remain dry.”

Mr Claydon advised the public to check the weather before travelling.

Met Office predicts when snow will hit the UK

Monday 27 November 2023 12:32 , Joe Middleton

The Met Office has predicted when snow will hit the UK this week as the first cold snap of the year continues.

Wintry showers will bring the possibility of snow on higher ground across northern England and Scotland later today, while there is the possibilty of “more significant snowfall” across the south later in the week, the forecaster said.

Monday will be a cloudy and damp start to the week after parts of Scotland, northern England, and Wales saw temperatures dropping below freezing.

Tara Cobham and Alisha Rahaman Sarkar report on when we can expect snow this week

Met Office predicts when snow will hit the UK

What is the Met Office’s forecast for today?

Monday 27 November 2023 12:29 , Joe Middleton

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the forecaster said: A much brighter afternoon on offer for many.

“Some showers around too, mainly along coasts and in western areas Cloudier in the southeast with rain and drizzle.”

Three dead as first heavy snowfall and blizzards of winter hit eastern Europe

Monday 27 November 2023 12:26 , Joe Middleton

At least three people died as heavy snowfall and strong blizzards lashed eastern European countries over the weekend, forcing the closure of national roads.

Hundreds of towns and villages were left without electricity on Sunday as the first major cold snap of the season spread across Romania and Moldova, prompting an emergency declaration in Bulgaria.

A 40-year-old man in Moldova died on Sunday after the vehicle he was in skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, authorities said. Six road accidents related to the weather were reported by about midday.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the latest on the snowfall in Europe

Three dead as first heavy snowfall and blizzards of winter hit eastern Europe

Good afternoon

Monday 27 November 2023 12:25 , Joe Middleton

Hello and welcome to our blog covering the predicted snowfall in the UK later this week and blizzards that have struck eastern Europe.

UKHSA issues yellow cold-health alert for this week

Monday 27 November 2023 16:38 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The UKHSA has issued a yellow cold-health alert for the health sector covering northern regions of England which runs through the whole week.

London is set to see lows of between 1C and 0C throughout the week, the Met Office said.

The rest of the UK will see frosty weather from Tuesday, with temperatures forecast to dip as low as minus eight degrees Celsius in sheltered hills and glens in Scotland.

Parts of rural eastern England could see temperatures as low as minus five, while across the country, top temperatures will range from around 2-7C - below average for this time of year.

Severe snowstorm injures 13 in Ukraine

Monday 27 November 2023 15:20 , Joe Middleton

A severe snowstorm injured 13 people in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, causing power outages in more than 1,600 settlements across the country and forcing authorities to close over a dozen motorways to vehicles, officials said on Monday.

The extreme weather comes as tens of thousands of troops man front-line positions in the 21-month-old war with Russia amid fears Moscow could attack the power grid with air strikes this winter.

“In the Odesa region, eight people got hypothermia and five people were injured as a result of falling trees,” the state emergency service said on the Telegram messenger.

Ukrainian rescuers assisting stranded following overnight snowfall in the Odesa region (EPA)
Ukrainian rescuers assisting stranded following overnight snowfall in the Odesa region (EPA)