UK snow warning: Polar storms blast in TONIGHT as Britain gripped by -5C FREEZE - new maps

The Met Office recorded heavy snowfall across western parts of Scotland and northern England overnight, with showers also causing sleet to develop in the South West. Police have issued warnings to motorists in some areas of northern England after a fresh covering of snow left vehicles stranded. North Yorkshire Police said the A170 at Sutton Bank, Thirsk, was closed overnight and reported problems on the A59 Harrogate to Skipton road, in the Yorkshire Dales.

One traffic officer wrote on Twitter: “Blubberhouses is particularly treacherous with a number of vehicles stuck or stranded so please take care or use the A65.”

Further south, police warned of snowy conditions on the M62 at its highest point between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

There were also reports of a covering of snow in Cumbria and over on the east coast near Scarborough.

The Met Office has issued three yellow weather warnings for ice in Northern Ireland, the east coast from Sheffield up to Perth in central Scotland and northern Wales until 11am on Sunday.

Snow charts by weather forecaster Net Weather now show a snow blizzard heading towards north west areas of the UK, as well as western Scotland.

Frequent rain is expected in western parts of the UK on Sunday with a cold temperatures forecast for the east.

Temperatures overnight will fall to -5C in the Scottish Highlands due to a freezing weather front coming in from the Arctic.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said the showers are expected to die off overnight and Monday should be a drier day.

Speaking about Monday morning, Mr Box said: “There will be good spells of sunshine across much of the UK.”

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Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued 13 flood warnings, where flooding is expected, and 130 flood alerts, for areas where flooding is likely, for Saturday.

Temperatures will also be dropping, and a “blustery weekend” with the potential for more snow lies ahead, according to Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst.

Mr Dewhurst said: “Anyone who is out Christmas shopping will have to wrap up warmly.

“Over the high ground of northern England and Scotland, some places may have a covering of snow.

“Temperatures for most places will be between 3C (37.4F) and 7C (44.6F), with maximum temperatures of 10C (50F) in the South East where the best of the sunshine will be.

“We are also looking at wind gusts of 35 to 40mph.”

In Leicestershire, a driver became stranded in floodwater and had to be rescued from his car in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Firefighters used an inflatable sled to pull him from the floodwater on Watery Gate Lane, Thurlaston, at 4.05am.

His Fiat 500 remains partially submerged in the water as he arranges its recovery, according to a spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Watery Gate Lane is notorious for flooding, and at least 19 people needed rescuing from the road between 2014 and 2018, along with several more this year.

The local authority, Blaby District Council, said it wanted to install gates to stop drivers using the road when water levels are high earlier this month.

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