A snow and ice warning has been issued for much of Scotland and parts of England for the weekend as the cold weather threatens travel.
Efforts to press on with the vaccine rollout and treatment continued despite the bad weather, with Leeds University delaying the opening of its asymptomatic Covid-19 test centre.
It said: “We know travel in the snow can be tricky, so if you are late you will still be seen.”
The Met Office said a band of heavy snow may lead to travel disruption amid a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for Scotland, northern and central England on Saturday.
Freezing fog patches and plummeting temperatures saw an icy start to Friday which led to a loss of gas supply to approximately 700 homes in the Hebden Bridge area.
Water had got into the local gas network and frozen.
Engineers from Northern Gas Networks who were brought out to try and restore the supply found a large plug of frozen water in one of the pipes.
In Bottesford, Leicestershire, cars made their way through a flooded road on Friday.
Brighter Futures, which supports people with homelessness, mental health and other complex needs, said its severe weather emergency procedure is active due to the cold weather forecast.
It provides homes, hostels and health services in the Midlands and is giving emergency accommodation for everyone it sees, including people who are sleeping rough in Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme.
⚠️ Yellow Weather Warning Updated ⚠️
Snow and Ice expected across parts of England and Scotland Saturday 0000 – 1800
Latest info 👉 https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 15, 2021
Heavy snowfall amid Britain’s cold snap has already caused travel disruptions across sections of northern England and Scotland.
Temperatures were as low as -6C (21.2F) early on Friday in parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria.
The Met Office published advice from the Department for Transport advising people to clear snow and ice from footpaths outside their homes.
“You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight,” the advice says.
Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said the bad weather was having a “severe impact” on its operations and urged people to “take extra care” when out walking or driving.
The deepest snow on Thursday was in Bingley, West Yorkshire, and Strathallan in Perth and Kinross, both of which recorded 11cm.
Becky Mitchell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.”
After a snowy Thursday for some, what has the weekend weather got in store? 🌧️🌤️
Here's your weekend forecast 👇 pic.twitter.com/dnpFcszgRO
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 14, 2021
Saturday’s Met Office weather warning states: “At first the main hazard may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes. However, snow becomes more likely during the early morning.
“Heavier snowfall is more likely above 200m in Scotland and northern England, where 5-10cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20cm on highest routes.”
Areas at lower levels and further south could be see up to 2-5cm of snow or face rain or sleet.
East Anglia along with parts of Kent and Sussex should also be braced for snow on Saturday, according to the Met Office yellow weather warning.
Between 1-3cm of snow may fall fairly widely over these areas, with 5-10 cm possible in places, mostly over parts of East Anglia and any higher ground.
The warning added: “Given recent wet weather and high river levels with rain and snow falling, then melting some flooding impacts are also possible.”