National Highways issue severe weather alert in parts of the UK with more snow due to hit

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National Highways is warning drivers to expect delays after issuing a severe weather alert in parts of the UK.

The severe weather alert covers the West Midlands and East region as well as the North West and North East. The alert affects the North East, North West and Midlands Regions between 9am on Thursday (March 9) until 8am on Friday (March 10).

Road users are being advised by National Highways to check ahead and plan for disruption to their journeys. A new band of rain, sleet and snow will move northwards from the southern Midlands early morning, intensifying as it reaches northern parts of the Midlands by mid morning, and then expanding across the North West and North East during the afternoon.

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Around 2-5cm of snow is expected for the West Midlands and western parts of the East Midlands on Thursday. Snow is expected to be persistent and heavy from Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire northwards, with significant accumulations above 100-150 metres.

National Highways are advising the public to take extra care when travelling. They also advise checking upcoming conditions with the Met Office before setting off on your journey.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber warnings for much of the country. The amber warning for snow across northern and central England comes into effect at 3pm on March 9

Meadowcroft road in Bilton covered in snow back in 2008Meadowcroft road in Bilton covered in snow back in 2008
Meadowcroft road in Bilton covered in snow back in 2008

National Highways severe weather alert: What to expect

  • Possible travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel
  • Some rural communities could become temporarily cut off
  • There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
  • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • A chance that untreated pavements and cycle paths become impassable

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