Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Amber weather warning for ice issued in Bradford

Amber weather warning for ice issued in Bradford

The weekend is expected to begin with heavy winds and bitterly cold temperatures, with spells of freezing rain and the possibility of some snow.

A yellow warning for snow and ice for Scotland and northern England is in force until 09:00 on Sunday, while a yellow warning for wind for the Highlands and Eilean Siar and Orkney and Shetland lasts until 12:00.

According to the Met Office, freezing rain occurs when rain falls through sub-zero temperature air to become supercooled water that freezes "almost instantly" when it hits a cold surface.

Waves crash against rocks near to Durdle Door in Dorset as amber warnings alerting people to heavy snow and ice have been issued for the north of England and Midlands (PA).

Ireland's meteorological service, Met Eireann, issued an orange warning - similar to the Met Office's amber warning - for wet conditions and gusts of up to 80mph (130kmh).

A third amber alert anticipates widespread freezing rain hitting the country from the southern Pennines up to central Scotland.

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Quickly forming black ice may also affect bus, train and air travel, and driving conditions are also likely to become risky, leading to a greater chance of crashes, road closures and increased journey times.

Freezing rain can quickly glaze an area with ice and turn roads and pavements into extremely unsafe hazards.

They add: "It can form very quickly, it can be hard to see and is incredibly slippery".

The Met Office said the newest warning, which follows several others across the United Kingdom for snow and ice, is for wind - with residents told to brace for the potential impact.

Up to 15,000 homes in Aberdeen, East Lothian, the Borders and Perthshire were affected over the weekend as the country was lashed by high winds, snow and freezing rain.

"In combination with strong winds, these hazards are likely to make journeys both on foot and in vehicles risky, so we are urging people to check the latest weather forecast and warnings and to take extra care when walking and driving".

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