UK weather forecast: Severe Met Office warning for ice with heavy rain forecast

Patrick Grafton-Green
UK snow: Flurries fell overnight in Pendle in Lancashire: PA

Another severe weather warning for ice is in place on Sunday night after heavy rain across a large swathe of the UK.

The yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office covering northern England and southern Scotland between 3am and 10.30am on Monday.

Three similar warnings were issued on Saturday night and Sunday morning, covering Northern Ireland, the east coast from Sheffield up to Perth in central Scotland and northern Wales.

As temperatures plummeted, parts of the country woke up to a dusting of snow after flurries fell across western parts of Scotland and northern England overnight.

Showers also caused sleet to develop in the South West, the Met Office said.

Frequent rain has fallen again on Sunday in western parts of the UK, while the east experienced sunnier conditions.

It was a windy day for many, especially in the South West and south coast, where gusts were expected to reach 50mph.

Forecaster Matthew Box said showers are expected to die off overnight and Monday should be a drier day.

Speaking about Monday morning, Mr Box said: "There will be good spells of sunshine across much of the UK."

Snow in Cod Beck Reservoir in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park (PA)

This dry spell will last until Monday afternoon when rain is forecast in the south, which should hit London in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"We will see persistent rain overnight into Tuesday," he said.

While the forecast for Christmas is still unclear, Mr Box said a low pressure system could bring unsettled windy weather followed by "crisper" and more settled weather.

"Whether we see an unsettled windy and wet Christmas or a dry and perhaps sunny Christmas Day remains to be seen," he said.

It comes after police issued warnings to motorists in some areas of northern England on Sunday morning after a fresh covering of snow left vehicles stranded.

North Yorkshire Police said the A170 at Sutton Bank, Thirsk, was closed overnight and reported problems on the A59 Harrogate to Skipton road, in the Yorkshire Dales.

One traffic officer wrote on Twitter: "Blubberhouses is particularly treacherous with a number of vehicles stuck or stranded so please take care or use the A65."

Further south, police warned of snowy conditions on the M62 at its highest point between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

There were also reports of a covering of snow in Cumbria and over on the east coast near Scarborough.

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