UK Weather: Snow falls overnight – but the worst is yet to come

Snow on houses with weather map

Heavy snowstorms and travel disruption are forecast for Thursday (Image: @PuparazziScot/

Some Britons are waking up to snow – but forecasters have warned more dramatic scenes will emerge today.

Patches in the West and East Midlands, Wales and Scotland are reporting white overcast this morning after temperatures dropped to below zero overnight.

It comes after an arctic explosion covered the country with heavy snowfall early Wednesday.

But conditions will progressively worsen today, with severe snowstorms and travel disruptions predicted by The Met Office.

A yellow warning has been issued for “strong winds with snowstorm conditions” and up to 40cm of snow in the area from Stoke-on-Trent to Durham.

Rain showers continue to appear across southern England today before turning to snow and spreading north into central parts of Britain.

It will snow across the east of England on Friday, although snow showers are expected to persist in northern Scotland.

“Significant disruptions” to transport, power lines and phone network coverage are likely as the yellow weather warning lasts for 21 hours as of 3pm on Thursday.

Snow covered houses in Bo’ness, Scotland this morning (Image: Twitter/@PuparazziScot)
Heavy snow in a garden in Leicester early Thursday (Image: Annie Brookes)
Spots in the West and East Midlands were a winter wonderland this morning (Image: Annie Brookes)
A yellow weather warning has been issued along with a series of yellow warnings (Image:

Several milder amber weather warnings for snow have also been issued, covering much of the nation through Friday.

A yellow warning for snow and ice covers northern Scotland until 10am today and the central and southern areas of England and Wales until 7am today.

A separate snow and ice warning applies to north-east England and south-east Scotland until 7am.

A fourth amber warning for snow covers the whole of Britain north of Birmingham and extends from 7am Thursday to 2pm Friday.

It comes after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) placed all regions of England under a Level 3 cold weather alert.

Experts have now extended the warning until Monday, March 13, 9 a.m.

The cold weather could have “serious effects” on people’s health, particularly the elderly, warned Agostinho Sousa, a consultant at UKHSA.

MEOPHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 8: Rooks forage for food in a snow covered field on March 8, 2023 in Meopham, United Kingdom. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in effect in south-east England on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to school closures and travel disruptions. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rooks forage for food in a snow-covered field in Meopham on March 8, 2023 (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Cars are stuck on Lydeard Hill near Cothelston on Wednesday morning (Image: Paul Silvers/BNPS)

Drivers in the West Midlands and East of England have been told not to travel unless their journey is essential on National Highways.

RAC Breakdown has reported an “increase in breakdowns” in an area stretching west from London along the M4 corridor into Wales.

RAC’s Rod Dennis warned new drivers to be extra cautious, saying: “Even a bit of snow and ice can make the roads treacherous so we advise anyone setting out to exercise extreme caution.”

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