Snow and ice weather warning for West Midlands as temperatures fall

Snow and ice weather warning for West Midlands as temperatures fall

A series of severe weather warnings for snow, ice and wind have been issued with the United Kingdom set to be blitzed by a barrage of wintry storms.

Met Éireann has issued two new weather warnings as Ireland looks set to be hit with snow, ice and strong winds for a second night in a row.

There may be cancellations to trains.

"Conditions on the roads remain hard in many areas", the Department for Infrastructure said, "and salting of roads on the scheduled network in areas most badly affected by snow and ice is ongoing and will continue as necessary through today and overnight".

The Met Office's snow and ice warning has been extended to Friday.

Meanwhile, local weather expert Louth Weather says the wee county can expect to be battered by 55kph winds by Wednesday.

There is also a weather warning for snow and ice starting early on Tuesday and lasting until 11am on Wednesday. Drivers have been reminded to slow down and that stopping distances are ten times longer in snow and ice.

The Met Office warned: "Travel delays are possible on roads with a risk that some vehicles and passengers could become stranded. In addition some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries". There will be scattered wintry showers with the risk of hail or thunder, especially in the west and north.

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The snow warning is then followed by a warning of high winds from Wednesday evening until Thursday lunchtime.

"For people planning to travel by rail, ferry, or plane, it's a similar message - you should check with the operator ahead of time to find out if your service has been affected by the conditions".

Gritters were out in force across Scotland, with pictures on social media showing particularly hard driving conditions on the M8 near Easterhouse.

The amber warning includes advice that mobile phone services may be affected, and all schools in the Scottish Borders are to remain closed on Thursday "in the interests of the safety of pupils, staff, parents and carers".

More than 280 schools in Northern Ireland are closed on Wednesday because of heavy snow.

Snow fell overnight in several across Donegal, with high ground in areas around Letterkenny covered in a light snow blanket this morning.

"Along with the strong winds, a spell of heavy rain can also be expected which could also be combined with a temporary thaw of lying snow in the north".

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