Snow forecast: What time will it snow across the UK? Where will it fall?

BBC Weather: Snow and freezing conditions forecast for UK

More than six inches of snow is predicted to fall in some regions of the UK today. The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings after areas of Britain saw temperatures to plummet to -10C overnight. 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 has put two severe weather warnings into force for snow and ice.

The first warning advises of icy surfaces developing with some snow in places and was in force until 10am today.

The warning reads: “Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces during Monday night, especially where showers move well inland. Some of the showers will be wintry and could produce two to five cm (0.8 to two inches) lying snow across central and southern Scotland, and above 250 metres elsewhere, mostly over the Pennines and North York Moors where up to 10cm is possible.

“Elsewhere, most places will see little or no snow, but a slight covering of a centimetre or so is possible in a few places.”

The affected regions include:

Central, Tayside & Fife

  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dundee
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling

East Midlands

  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland

East of England

  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Peterborough

Grampian

  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Moray

Highlands & Eilean Siar

  • Highland

London & South East England

  • Buckinghamshire
  • Hampshire
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • West Berkshire

North East England

  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees

North West England

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington

Orkney & Shetland

  • Orkney Islands

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian

South West England

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole
  • Bristol
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • Wiltshire

Strathclyde

  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Wales

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Caerphilly
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Torfaen
  • Wrexham

West Midlands

  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Worcestershire

Yorkshire & Humber

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York.

The Met Office weather forecast for Tuesday advises of cold spells with rain, sleet and snow.

The forecast reads: “Many parts dry inland with sunny spells but feeling cold.

“Wintry showers affecting most coasts, whilst early band of rain, sleet and snow moves south across England and Wales and decays.

“Wintry showers affecting in north and west with further snow in far north.

“Most inland areas dry with clear spells and a widespread frost. Ice and freezing fog patches likely.”

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The Met Office has issued a second severe weather warning for snow and ice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The forecaster warns of a small chance of disruption from snow and ice.

The warning, which is in effect from 10am on Wednesday to 6am on Thursday, reads: “An Atlantic frontal system looks likely to bring rain into parts of southwestern Britain on Wednesday. As this moves further east into colder air there is a chance of this rain turning to snow. The extent of any snow is very uncertain, but two to five cm (0.8 to two inches) could fall across a swathe of southern Wales, central and southern England, with a small chance of 10cm to 15cm (four to six inches) settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres.

“As the rain and snow clears on Wednesday night there is a risk of widespread ice forming on untreated surfaces.”

The regions and local authorities affected by the warning include:

East Midlands

  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Rutland

East of England

  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Luton
  • Norfolk
  • Peterborough
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Suffolk
  • Thurrock

London & South East England

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Greater London
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham

South West England

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • Wiltshire

Wales

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan

West Midlands

  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Worcestershire.

Drivers have been urged to stay off the roads with treacherous conditions predicted as snow turns to ice.

But it is not only snow that many Britons have to contend with.

Britons in some areas also expected to face freezing fog patches which will be slow to clear.

The Environment Agency has issued 66 flood warnings and 123 flood alerts in England.

Natural Resources Wales has issued two flood warnings and four flood alerts in Wales.

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