UK weather Subzero start to spring as up to four inches of

first_imgThe Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the north of England, including Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Yorkshire.Meteorologists warned that up to ten hours of snowfall would cause problems for commuters heading to work over the Pennines on the third day of spring, which officially began on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dog walkers  Forecaster Craig Snell said: “Generally on the higher ground and higher routes we could see 2-5cm (0.7 – 2ins) of snow, lower levels could see a dusting. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in Northumberland Dog walkers in a frosty scene in Northumberland Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Daffodils in the snow While last week’s warm and sunny weather led many to believe that spring had arrived, snow in March is actually not rare, although very cold temperatures are more unusual. It is expected to become drier from the east later, with temperatures feeling less cold.A Met Office spokesman said: “Rain on Friday will be confined to the far south, where it’ll be windy. Saturday and Sunday will be dry and mainly sunny, although overnight frosts remain possible.” Temperatures also plunged to below freezing in parts of Scotland.Further south, large parts of England were hit by heavy rain on Wednesday morning. Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Britain has been hit by a frosty start to spring, with parts of the UK covered in up to four inches of snow.Just a week after most of the UK basked in unseasonably warm temperatures, people woke on Wednesday to a blanket of the white stuff. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in NorthumberlandCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The Met Office said that Wednesday night will remain windy with rain and some hill snow in central areas as well as a clear, cold and frosty conditions in the north.Thursday is expected to bring a windy and cloudy day, with outbreaks of locally heavy rain across England and Wales. UK weather forecast: Wednesday, March 22 Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Credit:Ben Birchall/PAcenter_img Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London’s Hyde Park last weekCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The Met Office issued another yellow warning for motorists to be careful travelling to work over the hills on Wednesday as snow and rain are likely to make roads slippery.Commuters faced frosty conditions on Wednesday morning, with the risk of up to 2ins (5cm) of snowfall overnight in areas higher than 150m, with up to 4in (10cm) predicted in areas more than 300m above sea level. Daffodils in heavy snow as motorists navigate freezing conditions on Wednesday morningCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10 “The cross-Pennine routes could be a fairly tricky commute.” A warning is still in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland for slippery, icy conditions.Fine and sunny spells are forecast for the weekend, but temperatures could still fall below freezing overnight. Show more A woman clears snow from Hawes, North YorkshireCredit:Tom Maddick/SWNS Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London's Hyde Park last week Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10Credit:Pete Maclaine/i-Images A snow covered Hawes, North Yorkshire The forecaster warned that parts of the Pennines were due to be buried under up to 4in (10cm) of snow overnight on Tuesday after wintry weather hit roads in Scotland earlier in the day.Snow in northern England began falling at around midnight and was due to continue as late as 10am in some areas. Tuesday was cold with snow in the north at first. It was then a day of sunshine & wintry showers, which turned persistent later in the west pic.twitter.com/1CoUj5MW3D— Met Office (@metoffice) March 21, 2017last_img read more