Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice for Boxing Day

Boxing Day Weather: Met Office forecast

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The Met Office has said that from Boxing Day, the weather will once again take a colder turn until the beginning of January. Two yellow snow and ice weather warnings are in force for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The yellow warning for ice in Northern Ireland was put in force from midnight until 10am on Boxing Day.

The areas impacted are: County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, and County Tyrone.

The Met Office stated: “Ice may cause some delays and difficulties at first on Monday.”

The organisation has warned that people in the area can expect “some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”.

It also warns of injuries from slips and falls on the icy surfaces.

The Met Office added: “A mixture of wintry showers and clear spells overnight and into Monday morning will lead to ice at times on untreated surfaces.

“The warning area extended into more western and southern Scotland and the Northern Isles. Greater ice risk across western Scotland later in the night.”

The Met Office Snow and Ice warning was put in force for northern Scotland from 9pm Christmas Day until 6pm Boxing Day.

The areas impacted are: Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, and Strathclyde.

Roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times and more challenging travelling conditions.

The organisation said: “Wintry showers are likely to combine with some icy surfaces to cause some travel disruption, mainly to higher routes.”

They added: “Strengthening west-northwesterly winds will bring increasingly frequent wintry showers to parts of Scotland through Sunday night and into Monday morning.

“Snow showers will extend to central and southern parts of Scotland by Monday morning, although any lying snow will be confined to higher ground.

“Wintry showers will continue elsewhere within the warning area through Monday; a further 10cm of snow is possible by the end of the day across higher parts of the Highlands.

“Strong and gusty winds will bring the risk of drifting and blizzards for upland areas, with a small risk of isolated power outages as the snow and strong wind affects power lines.”

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Meanwhile, the Environment Agency have issued one flood warning and 14 flood alerts across the south of England, the Midlands, and parts of the north.

The flood warning is issued for The Essex Coast at Coalhouse Fort and surrounding marshland.

The warning indicates that flooding is expected, and residents should act immediately with properties at risk of flooding and potentially hazardous conditions on roads and walkways.

Weather maps from WXCHARTS show a band of rain moving quickly in from the West on Tuesday which will turn into snow in Scotland and regions of northern England.

Across the week until New Year’s Eve, Britain will be battered by intense rain and showers which is set to see more flood alerts put in place.

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