Snow storm Emma: What is freezing rain and will it hit UK?

Met Office red weather warnings posing a “risk to life” were extended today ahead of Snow Storm Emma’s arrival.

While the red alert for Scotland expired at 10am this morning, a second red weather warning was added to cover the south-west and parts of Wales.

An amber warning is also in place for south-east England until 6pm on Thursday, bringing "frequent and heavy snow showers”

In addition, another amber warning for snow and wind is valid from 2pm on Thursday and 8am on Friday when another band of heavy snow is expected.

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Weather forecasters predict up to 50cm of snow could be dumped across southern parts of the country tonight in which is being called the UK’s worst weather system since 1991.

The Met Office is urging people not to make journeys unless they need to, even if they are in amber or yellow warning areas because of the high risk of freezing rain.

The warning states: “A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting.

“Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area.”

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