Warnings over icy roads and freezing fog before weekend of snow

Icy conditions are still causing problems for much of England and Scotland after widespread snowfall in recent days. 

A yellow weather warning is in place for all of Scotland and much of England apart from the south west, with people being told to look out for icy surfaces. 

Travel conditions may still be ‘difficult’, the Met Office say after a day in which snow brought large parts of Yorkshire to a standstill. 

A major incident was declared because of the weather conditions, combined with a surge in Covid patients being brought into hospitals. 

More rain, snow and sleet is expected at the weekend but on Friday this will die out, leaving ice and freezing temperatures.

The Met Office say people should beware of the chance of injuries from slipping while walking on icy surfaces, as well as ‘some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths’.

Fog is also forecast for parts of the Midlands and the North, along with mist around Glasgow which may pose hazards for motorists.

Temperatures were as low as -6C early this morning in parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria, with yellow warnings set to last through most of Friday.

The Met Office has published advice from the Department for Transport advising people to clear snow and ice from footpaths outside their homes, preferably in the morning.

‘You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight,’ the advice says.

Temperatures in the Greater London area are expected to drop to 1C on Friday and parts of the South East could fall to an icy -2C.

It comes after ‘hazardous’ conditions on Thursday caused problems for the ambulance service in Yorkshire, which struggled to keep up with the high demand, while Covid vaccinations were also affected.

Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said the bad weather was having a ‘severe impact’ on its operations and urged people to ‘take extra care’ when out walking or driving.

The deepest snow on Thursday was in Bingley, West Yorkshire, and Strathallan in Perth, Scotland, both of which recorded 11cm.

A bus driver was filmed losing control and skidding down a hill in Halifax but others took the opportunity to enjoy themselves and staged a big snowball fight in a Leeds park.

Becky Mitchell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.’

London could see some snowfall in the morning but the gusts are expected to be more widespread in the North of England and Scotland. 

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