The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice across the UK. Weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across Scotland until 6pm tonight with a risk of icy surfaces causing some travel disruptions. A yellow warning for ice is also in place across the West coast of Scotland down to Manchester until 10am on Tuesday with a risk of ice on untreated surfaces. It comes after the US faces days of an Arctic blast bringing plummeting temperatures and blizzards.
Warnings for ice are in place across Central, Tayside and Fife, East Midlands, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Yorkshire and Humber.
The Met Office warns of “icy patches” on untreated areas leading to a “greater chance” of injuries and accidents.
It added: “Patchy snow on higher routes, both from wintry showers this evening, and also on leading edge of rain early on Tuesday, making for somewhat difficult driving conditions.”
The warnings come after 50 people died in the US after severe storms following an Arctic blast.
The US has recorded 46 of the deaths, with a further four dead after a bus rolled over on icy roads in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Of the deaths, 18 are from the state of New York.
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In the UK the Met Office did record a white Christmas after snow fell in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The forecaster recorded either sleet or snow falling at five of its weather stations across the UK on December 25, with Edinburgh one of three in Scotland and another two in Northern Ireland.
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said: “Officially it was a white Christmas but, of course, a lot of people think of those perfect deep-snow Christmas card scenes and actually we didn’t really see any snow settle at lower levels yesterday.
“What we define a white Christmas as is just a few snowflakes falling, even if it’s mixed with rain, so it’s a technical white Christmas but, for most places, particularly in England and Wales, it was too mild.”