UK weather forecast: Met Office issues snow & ice warnings as Arctic blast bites

Brits will be hit with more snow and icy conditions today after the Met Office issued a number of weather warnings, causing chaos for commuters.

A yellow weather warning for snow is in place for Wales, the West Midlands, London & South East England and South West England where the white stuff is expected to fall.

The warning was put in place at 9.26pm on Wednesday and will remain until 10am today, the Met Office added.

Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by lying snow, the warning states, with areas including Swansea, Herefordshire and Shropshire all affected.

The first flakes of the festive season fell in Devon and South Wales yesterday with some areas covered with a thick blanket of snow.

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Cops in Ystradgynlais – north east of Swansea – warned residents they should only travel if absolutely necessary as sleet caused chaos for drivers.

Meanwhile, in Scotland and North East England, the freezing conditions sent temperatures in some areas plunging to -4C, with a yellow weather warning also in place for ice.

Icy patches in the east of Scotland may result in difficult driving conditions on Thursday morning, the Met said, with the warning staying in place until 10am.

The Met Office snow warning for today affects parts of Wales and central England.

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Recent trends suggest that snow will be affecting some other hills in western England into the morning rush hour, in particular, the Cotswolds, the Met added.

The warning for Wales an western England predicts: "A mix of rain and sleet at lower levels, but snow falling at elevations above 200m, with some snow settling on roads above 250-300m. A few cm is possible on the highest routes."

The yellow snow warning for central England adds: "Mainly a mix of rain and sleet at lower levels, but with snow falling on hills above 100 to 200m.

"Some slushy snow settling on roads above 200-300 m, with a few cm possible on the highest routes."

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