As wintry showers blanket parts of the UK, the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings, cautioning regions to prepare for potentially “hazardous conditions” with snow and ice on the horizon.
The warnings, extending until Thursday morning, specifically cover parts of Scotland and northeast England.
Anticipating disruptions, forecasters highlight potential impacts on roads and railways, with the likelihood of extended journey times for road, bus, and train services. Precautions are advised due to the increased risk of slips and falls on icy surfaces, especially on untreated roads, pavements, and cycle paths.
To enhance safety, the Met Office provides recommendations, including checking on elderly relatives or neighbours who may require assistance. Motorists are urged to avoid driving in icy conditions, and if unavoidable, exercise extreme caution by scanning for potential hazards and maintaining minimum speeds.
Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to leave home a few minutes earlier than usual and to steer clear of slippery surfaces. Additionally, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued cold-health alerts (yellow and amber) for northern regions of England until December 5, reinforcing the need for precautionary measures amid the wintry conditions.