Weather: UK braced for cold snap as Storm Bella gives way to snow and ice warnings

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Weather: UK braced for cold snap as Storm Bella gives way to snow and ice warnings
Weather: UK braced for cold snap as Storm Bella gives way to snow and ice warnings

The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for most of the UK for the next few days just hours after Storm Bella battered the country.

A warning is also in place for snow and ice for England from the north-west down through the Midlands and across to Taunton in the west and London in the east.

Heavy snowfall prompted Gloucestershire Police to warn members of the public to take care and to “only go out if it is essential to do so”.

The force tweeted: “Heavy snow is starting to fall in the rural parts of the county. This will cause delays on the roads.”

It had a number of reports of snow around the county causing disruption, which was hampering people in the Forest of Dean and the A417 around Birdlip.

Staffordshire Police also warned of “serious disruption”, with several roads in the area impassable.

In the West Midlands, Dudley Zoo said it would be closed on Monday due to the snow.

The weather warning says there is the potential for patches of snow across parts of England and Wales with 5-10cm falling in a few places, such as higher ground in Wales above 200 metres.

It adds: “As well as snow, widespread ice may also be an issue, especially where treatment has been washed off road surfaces.”

Parts of the East Midlands, East of England, London and the South East, the North West, South West, West Midlands and Wales are covered by the warning, which runs until Monday at 6pm.

Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the south, south west plus the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office yellow warning suggests that up to two to five cm of snow could fall across parts of southern Wales, central and southern England, and there is a small chance of 10 to 15 cm settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres.

There is also a risk widespread ice could form on untreated surfaces as the rain and snow clears on Wednesday night.

Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England by Sunday afternoon, while more than 100 flood warnings were in place across England following days of stormy conditions.

The chilly temperatures follow several days of wintery weather over the Christmas period which brought flooding to parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day with winds of more than 100mph.

Flooding was also reported in parts of eastern England by Sunday morning, with kayakers taking to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets.

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