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Met Office issues weather warning for Greater Manchester as Arctic freeze hits

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 08/12/2022 Ashlie Blakey

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for Greater Manchester.

The warning covers all of the region and will be in place from 4pm today until 12pm on Saturday (December 10). It comes as a severe cold snap from the Arctic hits the UK, bringing abnormally freezing temperatures for this time of year.

The yellow alerts warns of some disruption due to icy surfaces. People have been warned to expect ice patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

READ MORE: Greater Manchester weather forecast as Arctic blast hits and temperatures plummet

The Met Office also predicts that there will be some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces during the time the warning is in place. Several other yellow weather warnings for ice have been issued for parts of Scotland, the east of England, Wales and the South West.

Scotland is expected to be hit by the worst of the cold weather, with snow showers forecast in the coming days. Across the whole of England, a rare Level 3 Cold Weather alert is in place until 9am on Monday, warning of a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions.

This means there will be an increased risk to vulnerable groups including the elderly and those with health conditions. Healthcare services are being urged to take action to protect such groups while other people are being encouraged to 'look out for family and friends who may be vulnerable to the cold' and ensure homes are kept warm enough to combat the cold temperatures.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning © Met Office The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: "As an Arctic maritime airmass settles across the UK temperatures will fall with widespread overnight frosts, severe in places, and daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing. However, the cold air from the Arctic will also bring brighter conditions, with some dry, sunny spells, particularly away from the coast and where winds are light it could feel pleasant in the sunshine.

"Some patchy freezing fog is also likely. Yellow National Severe Weather Warning s for ice and snow have been issued for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the east coast and South West England.

"Showers will turn more wintry with an increasing risk of snow as the week progresses, particularly in coastal areas or over higher ground. There will be widespread frosts with temperatures falling to as low as -10C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week.

"More severe weather warnings may be needed as we head through the week. Keep up to date on the latest weather warnings on our website."

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