Major travel disruption as heavy snow hits England and Wales

Major travel disruption as heavy snow hits England and Wales

The disruption caused by the snow is set to deepen with a weather system arriving from the South West and pushing north on Thursday.

A Met Office weather warning issued on Wednesday told the region to brace for ice and freezing fog.

Devon County Council tweeted: "An amber warning has been issue by @metoffice".

A band of low pressure sweeping across the United Kingdom from the west will turn into heavy snow showers over south-west England, south-east England, London and Wales on Thursday afternoon, the Met Office said.

Tonight will become "Increasingly cloudy overnight, with coastal wintry showers becoming more frequent and spreading further inland as a northeast breeze picks up", add the Met Office. "3 to 7 centimetres is likely to accumulate quickly within two to three hours, with up to 10cm in some places".

Sinn Féin ouncillor Sharon Duddy has revealed that her party has written to the Director of Met Éireann seeking a meeting to discuss how they can better represent weather events occurring across the whole of the country.

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The highest snowfall accumulations are likely to be in areas above 150 metres or so.

And the forecast has been update for Portsmouth with heavy snow now being forecast from 7pm.

Friday will be overcast and breezy with outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow. There will be some variations and differing amounts of rain and snow, several cms in places with 10-15cm forecast over the Brecon Beacons.

The Met Office said there is a 60 per cent chance of a sleet shower at 6pm which will turn into heavy snow by 10pm.

Motorists have been cautioned to watch out for ice on untreated roads and to expect slower journey times, with possible delays to bus and train services and a chance of flight delays or cancellations.

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