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UK weather forecast: ‘Very significant’ snow warning as Britain hits winter low of -13.6C | UK News

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England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all recorded their lowest temperatures of the winter so far, with the freezing weather threatening more disruption through the day.

The temperature in Loch Glascarnoch, Scotland, dipped to -13.6C (7.52F) this morning as the entire UK prepares for more snow, ice, fog and strong winds.

Temperatures could fall lower in the next few hours.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland also had their coldest start of winter so far, with the temperature in Reedsdale Camp, northern England, dipping to -10.5C (13.1F).

Sennybridge in Wales was recorded at -9.3C (15.26F) while Katesbridge in Northern Ireland saw a low of -8.2C (17.24F).

Last year, the lowest temperature of winter was -14.2°C (6.44F) at Faversham on 28 February.

A jogger running by the River Avon in Bristol after the UK had its coldest night of winter so far
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A jogger running by the River Avon in Bristol after the UK had its coldest night of winter so far

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow, ice and fog, indicating minor disruption and risk, across all of the UK today.

Thursday could bring “very significant” snow, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said, with up to 10cm (3.9in) expected to settle in areas of higher ground. Lower-lying areas could also get several centimetres.

Snow covered the hills in the Longdendale Valley in Derbyshire
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Snow covered the hills in the Longdendale Valley in Derbyshire

Mr Burkill added: “It’s currently just a yellow warning, but it’s not out of the question that will be ramped up nearer the time.

“It’s looking like it will be a spell of persistent snow.”

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: “The Met Office and Met Eireann have yellow warnings in force for most of England, Wales and Ireland for the risk of snow and ice on Thursday as a band of rain spreads slowly northwards to central and southern parts, hitting the cold air and turning to sleet and snow.

A woman scrapes a window to remove frost from her car in Peterborough
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A woman scrapes a window to remove frost from her car in Peterborough

“Not everywhere will see snow, but where it does accumulate there is likely to be a couple of centimetres widely at low levels and possibly up to 10cm over high ground.

“Ice will also be a big problem on Thursday morning and by the evening snow will be an added hazard for central and southern parts of the UK and Ireland. Winds will also be strong across the South West.”

A snowplough clears a road in Thwaite in Yorkshire
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A snow plough clears a road in Thwaite in Yorkshire
A man scrapes ice off the windscreen of a Robin Reliant in Cumbria
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A man in a Reliant Robin got a little bit stuck in Cumbria

The wintry conditions are expected to last well into Friday with warnings of ice and snow likely to bring travel disruption over parts of north and east Scotland and England.

Councils have prepared for heavy snow, stocking up with more than 1.4 million tonnes of salt, the Local Government Association said.

The weather has already caused widespread disruption this week.

Thick fog has blanketed some parts of the country as drivers are being reminded to take extra care and use the correct lights on the M90 around the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland.

Thick fog on the M90 around the Queensferry Crossing road bridge. Pic: Traffic Scotland
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Thick fog on the M90 around the Queensferry Crossing road bridge. Pic: Traffic Scotland

Ice on railways has caused widespread disruption, with South Western Railway announcing that train services are cancelled between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.

East Midlands Trains advised travellers to allow extra time to stay safe in the icy conditions amid delays as cold weather is forecast throughout Thursday.

Altrincham was blanketed in snow overnight. Pic: James Harwood
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Altrincham in Greater Manchester was blanketed in snow overnight. Pic: James Harwood
A tractor equipped with a snow plow clearing snow on the A53 near Buxton, Derbyshire
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A tractor equipped with a snow plough clearing snow near Buxton, Derbyshire

Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport closed their runways for most of Wednesday morning as they struggled to shift snow and ice from their runways, delaying dozens of flights.

The deepest snowfall recorded by the Met Office at 9am on Wednesday was 11cm (4.3in) at Tulloch Bridge in Inverness-shire, which was also the coldest place, along with Leeming in North Yorkshire at -5C (23F).

Schools across Scotland, the North and Northern Ireland were closed due to the severe weather, and many are going into their second day of closures.

Children play in the snow in Manchester
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Children play in the snow in Manchester

Roads in those areas, as well as parts of Devon and Cornwall, were also badly hit, with gritters and snow ploughs unable to work quickly enough to clear the snow and ice.

There was an increased number of accidents as motorists struggled to manoeuvre the snowy roads.

The temperatures in the UK, however, pale in comparison to the Antarctic-like temperatures forecast for parts of America.

The Midwest has seen a low of -46C (-50.8F) when wind chill is accounted for. Authorities are warning that in such conditions frostbite could take hold in minutes.

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