Snow warnings were issued in Scotland and north England from 10am on Wednesday as temperatures dropped to as low as -5C (97F).

The meteorologist said it may drop some 10cm of snow on top of the highest ground, while there is also risk of dangerous icy conditions and lightning strikes from isolated thunder.

The Met Office said snow could cause travel disruption with possible “peak-hour power outages” over the next few days.

The yellow severe weather warning is due to last from 8pm Thursday to 11am friday morning, with the warning, which covers Glasgow as well, extending across the east of Scotland to northern England beyond Manchester.

Falling snow, which is on lower ground in northern England ‘may cause some temporary slushy accumulations which then may freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.’.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office said: ‘We have got an area of high pressure across the UK, that will remain in situ until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Then we will start to see the weather front coming in.

Weather experts predict the first widespread frost of winter is on its way across Britain in coming days, with sub freezing temperatures expected on Wednesday.

The warning covers the Highlands and Islands, Central, Tayside and Fife, the South West, Strathclyde, Lothian and Borders.


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