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Urgent weather warnings for ‘treacherous ice and snow’ set to last three days

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Severe weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for parts of the UK with parts of the country expected to chill in the first week of 2022.

Brits are being warned that rapidly changing conditions, such as reduced visibility in snow showers, will result in difficult driving and travel conditions.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office in north Scotland – including Inverness – that icy surfaces could cause treacherous walking conditions and there could be some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths today.

The snow and icy conditions will continue in parts of Scotland on Tuesday but with the addition of severe winds.

These winds could cause disruption including delays to road, air and ferry transport.

High-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges could also face delays while there could be loss of power to some homes and businesses.

Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities have been warned they could be affected by spray and/or large waves. There is also a flood risk.

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The third weather warning on Wednesday also covers parts of Scotland including Inverness and Aberdeen.

The Met Office says snow showers and icy stretches will result in difficult driving and walking conditions with delays on roads and disruption to all forms of public transport.

Earlier, the Met Office warned that widespread snow could fall this week with millions of Brits set for an Arctic dumping on Friday.

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For Tuesday to Thursday, they have said that rain across "central and southern areas" will clear southward, followed by "colder weather" bringing "a mixture of sunshine and wintry showers".

They add that, from Friday, unsettled conditions will bring further showers which could fall "as hail or snow away from coasts initially".

Other forecasters have also predicted an imminent covering of the white stuff, with weather model maps from WX Charts showing snowfall across large swathes of the UK.

  • Met Office

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