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UK weather: Yellow warning for ice as ‘freezing rain’ to disrupt Christmas travellers

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Weather: Met Office predicts cold conditions and risk of snow

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As the UK continues to be divided between freezing temperatures in the North and mild in the South, authorities have warned commuters against the risk of ice in Scotland. According to the Met Office, freezing rain fell in parts of Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and overnight into Thursday, leading to travel disruption.

Marco Petagna, a media advisor for the Met Office, told Express.co.uk: “At the moment, there’s a mix of rain and snow affecting the hills of Scotland, and some of the rain could be giving icy surfaces for the next few hours.”

“Rain coming into contact with frozen ground, and some snow on hills above about 4 or 500m will continue to give some icy patches into the morning.”

The yellow warning is set to expire at 10am but Scots should remain cautious of icy surfaces, road closures, power cuts or phone coverage failure.

Forecasters expect rain to cover Northern England and Scotland.

John Gresiak, a senior forecaster at AccuWeather.com, told Express.co.uk: “A batch of rain is moving through the region.

“Temperatures in many locations are slightly above freezing (0C), but some locations are at or slightly below.

“Therefore, some pockets of freezing rain can occur.

“While this is not expected to be a widespread issue, people travelling through the region should be aware of the possibility of encountering slippery conditions in a few locations.”

Before Christmas Day, snow should be on the agenda in parts of Scotland.

Mr Petagna said: “Milder air with rain at times is coming in across most areas for the next day or two, so snow is likely to be confined to high ground in Scotland.

However, there is a risk of some hill snow developing across North England and South Scotland on Christmas Day, with a few snow showers across North Scotland, as colder air tries to edge back in across the UK from the North.”

The South should stay mild on Boxing Day with some rain at times, but with colder air in the North and a few wintry showers.

On the uncertainty of Christmas Day, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Bulmer from the Met Office said: “The Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled spell across the UK this year.

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“Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates over the South and West of the UK.

“Where this mild air meets colder air trying to sink South, there is a chance of some Christmas snow, this looking most likely over the Pennines, however exactly where this boundary will be is still uncertain.

“In the far North cold conditions and clearer skies will bring a more wintry feel. For many areas, a brisk easterly wind will bring a notable wind chill.”

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