Band of snow moves across Britain


A 100-mile wide corridor of snow has seen some Britons waking up to frosty conditions.

Travellers were told to expect icy conditions across a swathe of the country as yellow warnings for snow and ice covering the South East, London, through to Birmingham, and into areas such as Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield, up into the North West and parts of Scotland - was issued.

The Met Office had said that snow had been "expected to fall along a relatively narrow corridor, perhaps only 100 miles wide" and forecaster Sophie Yeomans said "that band of sleet and snow is staying over the country, but it is dying out".

Of the band of snow which has moved eastwards across Britain, she said: "In low-lying areas some people might be waking up to 2-4cm of snow and possibly more, 5-10cm, on the higher ground. There could be a dusting for many places."

With temperatures dropping below 0C in the southern regions, central Wales and south-west England, Ms Yeomans said: "It is moving over London and the South East. There is a lot of rain in that but in parts of London there will be sleet falling as well."

Temperatures may rise in southern England to around 5-6C throughout Sunday.

Travellers can expect that where snow is limited or rain occurs instead, icy stretches may develop on untreated roads as rain and snow starts, the Met Office said.

A spokesman for the Nevis Range ski resort said it is it expected to be busy over the weekend, with good skiing right across the front of the hill and a mix of groomed and un-groomed runs.

Glencoe said it "should be a cracking weekend for snow sports with light winds and great snow conditions".

Cairngorm reported that all open terrain had mostly good cover of packed powdery dry snow, while most runs were complete with pisted packed snow at Glenshee.