UK weather: Arctic freeze to cause ‘slower travel times’ amid THREE yellow warnings


In line with the recent warnings for snow, mostly the mountains and high grounds in Scotland and North England should wake up to snowflakes. Frank Saunders, the chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The Christmas period will be unsettled for much of the UK this year.

“Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates the south and west of the UK.

“This contrasts with the cold air in the northeast, which brings that chance of some snow, most likely over the Pennines and the southern half of Scotland, and perhaps a little more likely into the early part of Boxing Day.

“Added to the mix is a strong easterly wind, especially in northern areas, which will make it feel particularly cold.”

Renee Duff, a meteorologist for, said that travel could get slippery within these regions.

Still, the impact should remain minimal as wind and snow will be confined to relatively sparsely populated areas.

One more yellow warning has been issued regarding heavy rain in Northern Ireland from 3pm on Saturday to 9am on Sunday.

Ms Duff told “A yellow warning for rain is in effect for Northern Ireland, which includes County Down and Armagh.

“Rain is ongoing in these areas now and will continue into Sunday morning.

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As Brits start planning more festivities on New Year’s Eve next week, Ms Duff suggests that parties could be impacted by several storms moving through with rain, wind and high-terrain snow.

She added: “The timing will have to be right for a break in-between storms that would lead to a dry New Year’s Eve, but it’s certainly possible.

“One thing does look for sure as the calendar flips from 2021 to 2022 is that it will be rather mild for most of the region.

“In London, for example, the temperature could be 10-14C during celebrations on New Year’s Eve.”

Starting Monday, the Met Office has forecast cloudy and rainy weather across the country with mild temperatures that should continue into the first ten days of January.


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