BBC weather has warned the UK could see up to 40cm of snow on Thursday as snow blizzards generated by Storm Emma move into the freezing air currently gripping the UK. A Met Office red warning was issued for the southwest of England and Wales on Thursday morning.
Temperatures could feel as low as -10C after the first red warning was issued in five years in Scotland on Wednesday.
BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said: “It’s literally just happened but we have another red warning. Now the red warning is the most severe weather warning that the Met Office does issue.
“Now it has not just got central Scotland, Teeside and Fife in it as we’ve been running through the course of yesterday. That one is valid until 10:00am (GMT) this morning.
“But we also have another one for Somerset, for Devon and also for the southern half of Wales. So if you are travelling these are all snow warnings. Treacherous conditions. Don’t treat it lightly.”
Britons have been warned to take extra care in the dangerous wintery conditions, as the adverse weather has already caused chaos for much of the country.
BBC Weather forecaster Helen Willetts said: “Across the bulk of England and Wales, we have still got the amber warning for the northeast of England and we will see some snow showers around with a little bit of sunshine but we have got that icy wind, a stronger wind.
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“More cloud pushing up from the south, so I don’t think it will be as pleasant because of the lack of sunshine.
“For the southwest of England and Wales, amber warning out because we are starting to see this Storm Emma coming in, the low pressure moving into that cold air to give us substantial snowfall, widespread disruption from 5cm to 10cm, 20cm quite easily in many areas, probably double that along the hills and some of that will spill into the south-east of England even if not quite as much here.”
The BBC Weather forecaster also warned Scotland would see “atrocious” conditions over the coming 24 hours.
She told the today programme: “Some very serious weather out and about this morning. We’ll start in Scotland because it’s here we have the red warning from the Met Office as it stands in the central lowlands.
“But an amber warning of ‘be prepared’ elsewhere basically. It does look as if we will see the continuation of some very disruptive weather, dangerous weather with roads becoming blocked and villages becoming blocked off across the central lowlands and 5cm to 10cm easily here and elsewhere. The western fringes of Scotland the best chance of seeing fewer showers.