North of England and Scotland to be hit by heavy snow and freezing rain this weekend, as Met Office issues yellow warning

North of England and Scotland to be hit by heavy snow and freezing rain this weekend, as Met Office issues yellow warning
Scotland and the North of England could be hit by snow and freezing rain this weekend (Photo: Met Office/Shutterstock)

The Met Office has issued a yellow snow and ice warning for large parts of Scotland and the North of England, with wintry conditions set to blast the country this weekend.

According to the national weather service heavy snow and blizzards could develop across northern parts of the UK with freezing rain also a possibility in parts.

The warnings run from 12pm on Saturday (December 15) to 10am on Sunday (December 16).

Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, South West Scotland, Lothian, Borders, Strathclyde, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Yorkshire & Humber, regions are all affected by the weather warning.

The Met Office said: “There is a risk of snow developing with strong southeasterly winds affecting northern UK on Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

“The snow could be heavy at times, especially over hills where blizzards may develop, and is likely to drift in strong winds.

“Across northern England and southern Scotland, snow may turn to freezing rain above 200-300 metres leading to widespread ice developing on Saturday night.

“2-5 cm of snow is likely at lower levels, whilst higher ground could see 10-20 cm.”

What to expect from this yellow weather warning

The Met Office has warned residents in the affected areas of the following risks from the adverse weather:

-Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers

-Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel

-Some rural communities could become cut off

-Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

-A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

-Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible

-Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable because of black ice