SNOW is set to last for TWO WEEKS as flurries hit London and the Met Office extends its ice warning yet again.
Treacherous frozen surfaces will remain until at least tomorrow as a mix of rain, sleet and snow wreaks further chaos on Britain’s roads and transport network.
Today Liverpool Airport was forced to close for an hour this morning due to “adverse weather conditions”.
The M53 and M57 also experienced delays after multiple crashes, while a number of Mersey Rail services suffered ice-related delays.
Hundreds of miles away in South Wales, an overturned car had to be towed away due treacherous conditions on the roads.
The travel meltdown comes after yesterday saw road closures, flight delays and cancellations from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports.
Icy temperatures didn’t help matters this morning, with Perth residents waking up to a glacial -9C and sub-freezing temperatures recorded as far south as Bournemouth.
By midday, the mercury was expected to hardly climb above freezing, while coastal areas in the northwest and far southeast can expect more snow and sleet showers throughout the day.
Analysis of weather charts by Wxcharts.eu show that snow could hound Britain for another fortnight.
Projections for today show that up to 10cm could fall in the north-west of Scotland, with up to 5cm possible in large parts of the country.
Graphs show similar forecasts for tomorrow, with most snow falling in north-west Scotland and scatterings of up to 5cm possible in large parts of North England and the South East.
Dramatic photos showed snow blasting Britain last night, from London through to Lancashire and Londonderry.
And by next Friday, graphs indicate that snowfall could rise to a projected 15cm.
On Wednesday the Met Office extended their severe ice warning for most of the UK for a third consecutive day.
The warning is in place from 6pm this evening until 11am tomorrow – after today’s ended only at 11am.
Only London, south west England and most of Wales have escaped the warning, as the forecaster warns of ice on untreated roads and longer journey times.
Ladbrokes have meanwhile slashed odds on this being the coldest winter ever after the latest snowfall.
A spokeswoman for the Met Office said Northern Ireland saw “some significant accumulations” yesterday which later “pushed across Wales, central parts of England and towards the South East”.
“We’ve seen a few centimetres in particular over the hills, but also a good dusting of snow to lower levels as well.”
She said Wednesday will be one of the coldest days of the week, “but with a lot of sunshine to compensate”.
“Those concerned about the yellow warnings should allow extra time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements,” she said.
“It’s patches of ice left over from snow showers that people should look out for.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Icy stretches and widespread frost at first, but lots of sunshine, particularly through central UK. Some western and eastern coasts will see further wintry showers. Cold everywhere.
Some coastal showers will continue overnight, but many central and eastern areas will be clear, cold and frosty. Western parts will turn cloudier with patchy rain, sleet and hill snow.
Sunny and cold for most, especially through central and eastern parts. Cloud will thicken in the west with outbreaks of rain, and hill snow in the north late afternoon.
Friday to Sunday:
Breezy, often cloudy but milder on Friday, with patchy rain and hill fog. Heavy rain will push southwards through Saturday. Sunday, colder and windy with sunshine and wintry showers.