Snow warnings extended with four day blitz to bring chaos to UK

The Met Office has extended its snow weather warning for Wednesday, with forecasters expecting deep accumulations south of the M4. 

In an update today, the agency said it now expects snow and ice in southern England and Wales over nine hours on Wednesday, March 8. 

The latest alert adds the areas to pre-existing warnings for northern England and Scotland, where people are already expecting potentially heavy snow. 

The original warning for southern England released on Monday states that an area of “rain, sleet and snow” will develop across southwest England on the evening of Tuesday, March 7. 

The conditions will develop “over southwest England during Tuesday evening and move east during early Wednesday before clearing mid-morning”.

While it will clear in the morning, the update states that snow will cascade across areas south of the M4, building up 5 to 10cm in a matter of hours. 

The update adds: “Earlier in the day and across the wider warning area, accumulations are expected to be lower, typically 1 to 3cm.

“As snow clears on Wednesday night, clearing skies will result in ice developing on untreated surfaces with impacts lingering into Thursday morning.”

The new notice states the warning was extended “further north across a larger part of southern England and East Anglia”.

Forecasters have also increased the “likelihood of impacts” of snow and ice included as part of the warning.

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