WEATHER WARNING: South Yorkshire to see 'up to 10cm' of snow

A band of heavy wintry showers are set to sweep across South Yorkshire tonight and tomorrow, leaving up to four inches of snow in places.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 11:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 11:11 am
The Met Office have issued a weather warning for snow and ice

The Met Office have this morning issued a Yellow severe weather warning with travel disruption possible, especially during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

The weather warning states: "Showers or outbreaks of rain will turn wintry overnight, with the risk of a more prolonged spell of snowfall late in the night and during Wednesday morning, especially in the south.

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"This will give a covering of snow with 1-4 cm possible in places and locally 5-10 cm, these higher accumulations mainly above 200 m. Icy stretches on untreated roads and pavements are also likely to form.

"Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the potential for travel disruption into the Wednesday morning rush hour. There remains some uncertainty as to where the greatest snowfall accumulations will occur and this warning will be kept under review and updated as necessary."

The Met Office's chief forecaster added: "A cold front will move east and south across the United Kingdom through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

"This will introduce significantly colder air with frequent showers, these turning readily to sleet and snow even at low levels.

"1 to 4 cm is expected in some areas by dawn Wednesday with up to 10 cm in places.

"These higher accumulations are more likely over higher ground above 200 m but may also occur to low levels where showers are heavy and prolonged.

"This is perhaps most likely across parts of Lancashire, the Manchester area and the Peak District and may result in local medium impacts. Clear spells between showers will also lead to icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces."

Thursday looks set to be a quieter day but Thursday night and Friday could see more heavy snow fall.

According to forecasters the cold spell of weather is being caused by a phenomenon known as Sudden Stratospheric Warming.