There are four Met Office yellow weather warnings for snow due to come into force today (Tuesday). All three are combined snow and ice warnings, and begin at 1.00am GMT Tuesday, January 29, and last until Wednesday, January 30. The mercury is predicted to drop to around 0C overnight, with snow first beginning in Scotland. Below are the latest updates and weather warning information, all times in GMT.

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9.21am update: Coldest winter odds slashed

Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this being the coldest winter on record.

With an extreme snow blizzard heading Britain‘s way, the bookies now make it just a 2/5 shot (from 4/7) that this is the coldest winter ever.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We‘re strapping ourselves in for a snow-filled, record-breaking winter.”

8.55pm update: Schools in Scotland closed

Highland Council in Scotland has closed several schools this morning.

are the schools which have confirmed closure or partial closure today.

8.33pm update: Snow reaches Yorkshire Dales

Snow has started to arrive in parts of the country, the picture below shows the snowy scenes near Sedbergh in the western part of the Yorkshire Dales, about 10 miles from Kendal.

8.13am update: Rain starts to arrive

Rain has started to arrive from the west and this band of rain will turn into snow as it meets cold air over the UK.

UK snow LIVE: Rain starts to arrive in UK moving from the west to the east (Image: Met Office )

UK snow LIVE: Snow has already reached the Yorkshire Dales (Image: James Chaplin)

7.55am update: Met Office weather warnings

Four separate yellow warnings have been issued which cover most of the UK.

The weather warning for Northern Ireland runs from 5am until 10.30am on Tuesday and ice may form causing potential problems on untreated roads.

A snow and ice warning is in place across south and west Scotland and parts of north-west England until 12pm.

A separate snow and ice warning covers central regions, Wales and the north-east between 12pm and 11am on Wednesday.

The Met Office said: “A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday, then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“The rain will turn quickly to snow on hills, then also to low levels in places. 3 to 5cm snow is likely above 200 metres, with up to 10cm in a few places. A patchy covering of 1 to 2cm is possible at low levels, although some places will see now snow at all.”

The final warning covers the south-east, East Anglia and London from 9pm on Tuesday until 12pm on Wednesday.

UK snow LIVE: The yellow weather warnings for Tuesday (L) and Wednesday (Image: Met Office )

7.48am update: Where and when will it snow today

Between Tue 9:00pm and Wed 12:00pm the East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, South West England and West Midlands are on yellow snow and ice warning.

Accumulations of 1-3 cm are likely quite widely, with accumulations of 5 cm in places. There is a small chance that some areas could see up to 10 cm, more especially over the higher ground.

7.17am update: Snow and ice forecast

The Met Office has warned up to 10cm of snow could fall on higher ground across large parts of the UK this week.

Around 1cm-3cm could accumulate on lower-lying levels, with the possibility of 5-10cm on higher ground, Marco Petagna from the Met Office said.

Mr Petagna said London see snow showers – but added they were unlikely to settle.

Temperatures fell as low as minus 7C (19F) in the Highlands overnight, while the capital was at just about freezing as large parts of the country woke up to frost.

During Tuesday morning, a band of rain will push from west to east which could fall as rain, sleet or snow, particularly at peaks in Wales and northern England and Scotland .

3:31am update: Temperatures could knock out mobile phone signal

Temperatures plunging to more than 10C below freezing could knock out mobile phone signal.

Last year, the Met Office warned that a cold snap could disrupt mobile reception – icy winds dry air moisture on power cables causing them to break.

If conditions match last year‘s brutal Beast from the East, we could see this happening this year.

Snow will fall across the UK and Europe today (Image: WX Charts)

Tuesday January 29

1:54am update: Rural communities could be cut off, power cuts possible

The Met Office has warned there is “potential for disruptive snow” today and tomorrow, especially in the southeast.

They added that the snow could cause rural communities across the southeast to become cut off and power cuts are possible.

Meanwhile, ice-cold winds reaching speeds of 70mph are likely to sweep northeast England especially in coastal areas this week.

1:02am update: New ICE warning in Northern Ireland

The Met Office have issued an ice weather warning for a large area in Northern Ireland between 5am and 10:30am today.

It forecasts rain and hill snow clearing alter, with ice forming in places.

There will probably be ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, resulting in longer journey times.

There may be some injuries or accidents due to falls on icy surfaces.

0:19am update: Coldest for seven years

Lows colder than -14C have been forecasted by The Weather Company and The Weather Outlook.

A temperatures colder than -14.1C, recorded on February 14 2016 in Aberdeenshire, would be the Britain‘s coldest for seven years – since -15.6C on February 11 2012 in Lincolnshire.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “-18C would not be a surprise when the cold digs in.”

Head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company‘s Weather Channel arm said: “Well under -15C will be possible with the cold air established and high pressure.”

Rochdale on January 23 (Image: GETTY)

10.52pm update: Met Office yellow weather warning updated

An extra yellow weather warning has been added to Tuesday‘s warnings. 

An ice warning has been added to the Met Office‘s list of advisories – beginning at 5:00am Tuesday morning and lasting until 10:30am the same day. 

The warning is for: Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Yorkshire & Humber.

The Met Office warns: “Showers will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground then to lower levels later in the night and on Tuesday morning. 5 to 10 cm of fresh snow is expected above about 200m in Scotland with a cover of 1 to 2 cm at lower levels.

“Northwest England may see localised 2-4 cm above 200m. Ice will affect some untreated surfaces.”

10.30pm update: Ghost trains will run through the night to clear snow

Rail firms will run empty ‘ghost trains’ tonight to clear snow and ice with Network Rail having prepared 34 de-icing trains.

A total of 2,000 gritters are delving into a record-equalling three million tonne mountain of gritting salt.

Heathrow Airport has 185 snowploughs at the ready and Gatwick has 98 snowploughs and snow-blowers waiting for the incoming snow.

Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden said: “Our public services are prepared for severe weather.”

10.11pm update: Temperatures will plunge colder than Helsinki

The Met Office predicts most nights this week will plunge the mercury to -10.8C – colder than -3C Helsinki, Finland, – with Scotland the coldest and England reaching -6C.

According to the Met Office, the reason for this cold is that air has blown 2,500 miles from near the North Pole to Britain.

This cold air will bring the most low-level lying snow of winter so far.

UK snow live: Snow ploughs like this one are preparing for the onslaught of snow tomorrow (Image: GETTY)

9.32pm update: Villages could be cut off by heavy snow in southeast England

In Southeast England, the Met Office expects Tuesday to be dry and frosty, but rain, snow and sleet will follow overnight.

Experts predict there will be “some accumulation” of snow, and there will be icy roads and pavements on Wednesday morning, which could be hazardous.

This could lead to villages being cut off by heavy snow.

8.41pm update: If you are travelling tomorrow – pack an emergency bag in your car

For safety in case of breakdowns, the RAC recommends packing a winter emergency bag for your car. 

Items inside can include: 

  • Torch and batteries
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  • Water
  • De-icer and scraper
  • High-vis jacket
  • Shovel
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Jumpstart cables

For the full list see the . 

UK Snow Live: Temperatures will plunge overnight tonight and tomorrow (Image: WXCHARTS)

8.00pm update: The RAC have predicted 8,500 daily breakdowns in the incoming snow

The RAC has projected 8,500 daily breakdowns – an increase of up to 20 percent – and dispatched all 1,500 patrol teams.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “The worst cold weather travel chaos since last winter’s Beast from the East is expected.

“Try to avoid travelling in the worst conditions – and if you must travel, pack a blanket, shovel and food in case you get stuck.”

7.18pm update: Where will it snow tomorrow? 

Warnings are in place for snow overnight and into tomorrow for the following areas:

East Midlands, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Wales, West Midlands Yorkshire & Humber, Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde.

UK Snow Live: Snow and ice warnings across Tuesday and Wednesday (Image: MET OFFICE)

6.41pm update: A storm called “Storm Gabriel” is tracking towards the UK

The Met Office tweeted announced a developing storm, named Storm Gabriel is heading toward the UK.

The tweet reads: “A developing area of low pressure over the western Atlantic has been named as ‘Storm #Gabriel‘ by the French Met office.

“The low centre tracks to the south of the UK, but rain, sleet & #snow will push across the country on Tuesday & Wednesday.”

6.04pm update: Snow could cause travel disruption across the UK

The Met Office has warned snow and ice may cause disruption on the roads, stranded vehicles and cancelled rail and air travel.

It said there was a “slight chance” that rural communities could be cut off and a “small chance” that power cuts may occur.

Mobile phone coverage could also be affected.

5.38pm update: Weather maps show up to 11 cm of snow in some areas

WXCHARTS weather maps forecast 11cm of snow to fall in Scotland in the coming days. 

Up to eight centimetres is predicted to fall in the north of England, and six in the south.

5.14pm update: Forecast for this evening across the UK

The Met Office predicts rain, sleet and snow showers will become more frequent in parts of Scotland, and to a lesser extent Northern Ireland and northwest England.

Ice is likely on untreated roads and pavements, most other places will stay dry with widespread frost.

Over the next few days, as much as 10cm of snow could fall.

Snow live: WXCHARTS predicts up to 11cm of snow to hit Scotland (Image: WXCHARTS)

5.01pm update: Motorists urged to take extra care as much of Scotland braces for further snow and ice.

Police Scotland is advising drivers to travel with caution overnight and into Tuesday following a Met Office weather warning covering most of the country.

Parts of the Highlands, Tayside, Fife, Strathclyde, Central Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway, the Lothians and the Borders are all expected to be affected.

Inspector David Hynd said: “Warnings from the Met Office indicate that showers will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground, then to lower levels later tonight and on Tuesday morning.

“Between five cm and 10cm of fresh snow is expected above about 200 metres, with a cover of one cm to two cm at lower levels. Drivers should therefore exercise extra caution while this is in force.

“If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

“Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”

UK Snow live: Weather warnings are in place for much of the UK (Image: GETTY/ WX CHARTS)

4.30pm update: Where is affected by weather warnings? 

– Between Tuesday 1:00am and Tuesday 12:00pm – Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde face a yellow snow and ice warning.

These areas will see 5 to 10cm of fresh snow above about 200m with a cover of 1 to 2cm at lower levels.

– Between Tuesday 12:00pm and Wednesday 11:00am – East Midlands, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber face a yellow snow and ice warning.

The rain will turn quickly to snow on hills, then also to low levels in places. 3 to 5 cm snow is likely above 200 metres, with up to 10 cm in a few places. A patchy covering of 1 to 2 cm is possible at low levels.

– Between Tue 9:00pm and Wed 12:00pm – East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, South West England and West Midlands face a yellow snow and ice warning.

Accumulations of 1-3 cm are likely quite widely, with accumulations of 5 cm in places. There is a small chance that some areas could see up to 10 cm, more especially over the higher ground.


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