UK weather forecast: Freezing cold conditions to hit today with yellow warnings for snow & ice set to spark travel chaos

Traffic on the A835 near Dingwall in the Highlands as heavy snow started to fall this morning...pic Peter Jolly

BRITS are braced for bone-chilling temperatures today with yellow weather warnings issued for snow and ice.

The Met Office have issued five warnings as wintry conditions continue to batter the nation.

Snowfall near Dingwall in the Highlands yesterday

Yesterday Brits struggled with extreme wind and rain in Manchester

The Met Office have issued five yellow weather warnings for snow and ice

Those in Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales will be affected.

The Met Office say most of these warnings are in place til 11am today.

But the warnings remain in place through Wednesday for Shetland.

Residents have been warned about the potential damage to trees, with concern for high-sided vehicles.

While the forecaster warned commuters to expect travel disruptions to road, rail, air and ferry transportation.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge has said wintry weather would hit the UK overnight. 

The whole of the UK will expect the coldest temperatures by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mr Partridge said: “Wednesday overnight will be very cold for pretty much the whole of the UK, so if you’ve got plants that have gone out early, get them in tomorrow because the frost is going to be widespread in the morning.”

“There’s some cloud and rain on Wednesday onwards pushing back in from the west, so milder air comes in – there will be some snow on the front of that rain but it won’t last very long. Thursday’s main concern is how much rainfall there will be.”

There have been more than 60 flood alerts across the UK, with forecasters believing the influx of snow and sleet could melt and lead to flooding in certain areas.

The Met Office said: “Cold air spreading southwards across the UK, following a band of rain, sleet and snow, will bring frequent snow showers to northern, western, and eastern Scotland, as well as parts of Northern Ireland.

“Overnight, these will accumulate on some roads and pavements, with anywhere between a light dusting and several centimetres of snow possible.

“Between the showers, partially melted snow is likely to freeze on untreated surfaces leading to icy stretches.

“Wintry showers will continue through Tuesday, although by mid-morning the temperature on most roads will likely have risen sufficiently to reduce the risk of further accumulating snow or ice.”