Weather maps show UK to be buried in six inches of snow in hours
Met Office forecasts ice and snow in parts of UK
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An Arctic blast could drop six inches (15cm) of snow on the capital tomorrow, according to the latest weather maps, with as much as nine inches of snow elsewhere in the southeast. Weather modelling suggests that a slow-moving snowstorm could dump a significant amount of snow across London and the southeast of England, causing major disruption on Monday morning. This comes as wintry showers blanket much of the UK today, forcing Manchester Airport to close earlier this morning.
Maps from WXCharts shared by EastScotland_Wx show the capital getting the worst of the snowfall tomorrow evening, with six to seven inches of snow forecast.
Weather modelling account Met4CastUK warned that those in the southeast should get “ready for snow”.
The meteorological account tweeted snow maps from WxCharts and Weather Outlook and added: “The latest UKV sticking with the idea of significant snow Sunday > Monday.”
Citing the latest forecasts, the account urged people to expect “some significant snowfall across the SE on Sunday with 20-25cm in the worst spots”.
However, responding to concerned drivers, the account said there remained “a great deal of uncertainty still on how much/where/if any” snow would fall.
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Meanwhile, LondonSnowWatch added that the slow-moving nature of the weather feature could mean the snow settles on the ground.
The Met Office currently has a yellow snow and ice warning for the east and southeast of England, including London, from today into Monday.
The weather agency warned: “Snow may push in across parts of east and southeast England, leading to a risk of travel disruption, especially on Monday morning.
“This has the potential to give accumulations of 2-5cm quite widely, and perhaps up to 10cm in some places.”
Earlier today, Manchester Airport closed both of its runways, causing disruptions to more than 20 flights.
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Snow has also been falling and settling in Devon, Wales, areas of north-west England, and parts of Scotland.
The Met Office has warned that there is a small chance of some rural communities being cut off along with a possibility of power cuts and mobile phone coverage being affected.
It is feared that the Arctic blast could send temperatures down to as low as -15C, according to Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson.
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Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many places over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10C or lower in isolated spots.
“There is still a risk we could see some freezing fog in places particularly southern England, especially for Sunday and Monday mornings.”
The dropping temperatures has prompted the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to issue a cold-weather alert until Monday morning, as many across the UK struggle with home-heating costs.
Local councils and charities have opened more than 3,200 warm banks are open across the UK, to help people keep warm if they cannot afford to heat their homes.
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