Met Office releases travel warning as snow and ice alerts cover half the UK with fears of road crashes | The Sun

THE Met Office have released a travel warning as snow and ice alerts cover half the UK with fears of more road crashes.

Brits are braced for icy weather in the coming days with freezing temperatures whirling across from the Atlantic.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in Scotland are in place as well as parts of northern and western England.

And the Met Office warned that the "wintry showers" will have continued overnight leading to a risk of ice on surfaces.

The majority of Scotland plus Yorkshire, the Humber, Manchester, Lancaster, Durham and Northumberland are likely to be affected by ice.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

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"A very small chance of interruptions to power supplies. Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths."

Brits were warned to take care on icy surfaces which could cause some disruption to travel services – particularly higher routes.

While those driving cars should also be aware of strong winds which may make driving conditions difficult.

Northern and central Scotland have a high chance of snow on Tuesday which may cause some road and rail delays.

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But the weather forecasters predict today to be milder than yesterday although most of the UK is likely to see rain.

The outlook for Tuesday, according to MeteoGroup UK, "starts with widespread rain across most of the UK."

East Anglia and the southeast of England will likely stay dry for most of the day, and Northern Ireland is expected to see some sunshine in the afternoon.

Boxing Day saw a mixture of sunshine and showers across the UK.

It was also a largely windy day especially for northern and western coasts.

While on Christmas Day, the Met Office announced it recorded a white Christmas after snow fell in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It comes after bold Brits were seen braving the freezing cold to go from a Christmas dip in the icy waters around Coney Beach, Wales.

Keen swimmers in Santa-themed swimwear took the plunge despite finger-numbing temperatures as part of a bizarre festive tradition.

The Met's forecast for this week predicts a cold week, with wintry showers in the North.

By the end of the week they expect: "Spells of rain spreading across most areas on Wednesday with blustery showers following Thursday. Gales in many areas. Further rain and strong winds spreading in Friday."

Into next week, including New Year's Eve, the forecaster predicts: "Probably dry across many areas at first on Friday, but showers that could be locally heavy at times likely to spread from the southwest throughout the day, and some risk of hill snow.

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"Windy conditions likely, with gales possible across higher ground and towards the coasts. Temperatures close to the seasonal average. Weather remaining changeable into the New Year, with rain and showers most frequent in the west and northwest.

"Mild in the south for the later part of the period, whilst the north sees a mixture of milder and colder spells."

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