Cold weather alert issued for north-west England from Monday as temperatures plummet
06.03.2023 - 01:57
A cold weather alert has been issued as parts of the UK are set to be hit by snow this week. Yellow weather warnings issued by the Met Office have been brought forward as Arctic air moves over parts of Scotland and then down to northern England.
North-west England is among the areas hit by a level three alert by the UK Health Security Agency, meaning a 90 per cent chance of severely cold weather, icy conditions or heavy snow that could impact the most vulnerable.
It is predicted that temperatures could plummet to the coldest yet so far this year, particularly on higher ground in northern Scotland, which could experience lows of below minus 10C. The wintry conditions could lead to up to 10cm of snow on higher ground in Scotland and 5cm at lower levels.
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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a cold weather alert and has placed north-east England, north-west England and Yorkshire under a level three alert, with the rest of England at level two. The NHS says the conditions could increase the health risk to vulnerable patients. All areas are under alert between 1am on Monday and midnight on Thursday.
Parts of Greater Manchester woke up to a light dusting of snow on Sunday morning (March 5) with frost forecasted for much of the region over the coming days.
From midnight on Sunday, the yellow warnings of snow and ice spread to north-western England and north-eastern Scotland, and creep further down the east coast as far as Hull on Tuesday.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: "During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable