Warnings apply to much of Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as parts of England and Wales.Icy should be expected in these areas, creating slippery conditions underfoot and potentially on roads as well. However as we head into next week the weather is expected to get warner and milder.
Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna explained: “We’ve got some fairly icy conditions this morning towards the north and northwest of the UK.
“Wintery showers to some snow over the hilltops especially.”
Met Office warnings for ice are in effect for most of Scotland and Northern Ireland, minus some coastal areas, western Wales and a swath of northern England extending down to the midlands.
The Government funded agency warns to expect “ice patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths” leading to “increased likelihood of accidents or injuries”.
Southern and central parts of England and Wales should see some ice patches and rain showers in the early morning, though temperatures will be warmer than further north.
Heading into the afternoon bursts of rain, some of it heavy, should be expected in the north and west of the UK whilst the south and east remain generally dry with the best of the sunshine.
According to Mr Petagna in the evening we should anticipate: “Hail and thunder in places and still some wintriness across the hilltops towards the north and west as well.
“Temperatures certainly down across southern parts compared to what there were on Saturday, high’s no better than 9 or 10 degrees.”
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Sunday night is expected to be chilly with frost and icy patches developing for parts of the country.
However there will be lots of sunshine during the day, though the northwest of Britain will remain cloudy with some rain.
More generally Mr Petagna expects the weather to get warmer next week commenting: “We’ve got some big changes in store weather wise across the week ahead, certainly across southern and eastern parts high pressure building to give plenty of settled weather.
“In the sunshine temperatures doing quite well, we could see 18 possibly 19 degrees across some southern and eastern parts of the UK by the time we get to Thursday.”