/Snow warning issued by Met Office for tomorrow ahead of Storm Dennis onslaught

Snow warning issued by Met Office for tomorrow ahead of Storm Dennis onslaught

A fresh weather warning for snow has been issued by the Met Office this morning.

The yellow alert warns of possible delays on roads and a chance that rural communities could be cut off.

The warning, which covers parts of Scotland and northern England, is in place from 2am on Thursday until 11am.

The warning means that the UK is under a weather alert for every day until Monday with a combination of wind, snow, rain and ice.

As part of the snow warning, the Met Office forecast: “A band of rain, sleet and snow will become slow moving across parts of southern Scotland and northern England during Thursday morning.

“3-8 cm of snow is most likely to accumulate above 250 metres, but possibly as low as 100 metres in parts of south-west Scotland.”

Snow blankets the hills on the border of Northumberland and Cumbria on Tuesday
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Other weather warnings are in place for today and the country is bracing for Storm Dennis to hit this weekend.

Cumbria, Northumberland and vast swathes of Scotland have been warned of “blizzard conditions” by the Met Office as snow showers are combined with strong winds.

The regions are subject to a yellow weather warning with up to 10cm of snow forecast in higher parts, while Northern Ireland could see further snow showers, forecasters said.

A van drives on the Snake Pass in the Peak District
(Image: PA)
Rural communities could be cut off, the Met Office have warned
(Image: PA)

The fourth named storm of the 2019-20 season, Dennis, is set to bring a second consecutive weekend of wet and windy weather after Ciara struck the UK with winds of up to 97mph.

Gusts of 50mph are expected, with more than 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations, the Met Office said.

Predicted heavy rain could also run the risk of further flooding, with 43 warnings still in place in England, six in Scotland and one in Wales following recent heavy rainfall.

Snow warnings for the UK for Thursday
(Image: Met Office)

Around 730 properties are believed to have been affected by flooding in recent days, the Environment Agency said as it warned of more wet weather ahead when Dennis takes hold.

Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager at the agency, said: “River and surface water flooding is possible on Saturday into Sunday due to Storm Dennis and we are advising people to check their flood risk and to stay safe on the coast or when walking or driving near swollen rivers.”

She also warned people against taking “dangerous” so-called storm selfies.

Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday.

“Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely.”

The Met Office has advised there could be delays and cancellations to train and bus services, as well as a good chance of flooding in southern Scotland on Friday due to rain and melting snow. A warning is in place between 9am and 5pm.

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It has also warned of heavy rain across western and southern England, as well as the far north, while strong winds across almost all of the country bar Scotland are expected.

A wind weather warning is in place from midday on Saturday until midnight on Sunday, while a rain warning will remain until midday on Sunday.

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