Warning issued for snow and ice in Cheshire West

Big chill UK

Official yellow "be prepared" warnings of snow and ice have been issued for most of Scotland, northern England, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office warning, which covers much of Northern England as well as Wales and Scotland, runs from 4am until 10am on Friday.

Heavy snow showers are expected to follow on from a spell of rain, sleet and hill snow with ice spells expected on Friday.

As for this week, most of the country is set to be hit by flurries of snow, sleet and rain up to the weekend.

'Ice is expected to form as skies clear.

Scattered snow showers are predicted, with accumulation of around 3cm expected in some areas.

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Two to five centimetres of snow may accumulate above 100 metres, with some expected on lower ground too, the Met Office said.

Roxy, a Japanese Akita plays in the snow on January 17, 2018, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Further outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the south and east will occur through the course of the day, turning heavy at times.

Cumbria is set to be gripped by more wintry weather as a new weather warning is set to come into force.

Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled with some road closures and longer journey times possible.

Vehicles at the base of Pont ar Daf in the Brecon Beacons as snow begins to fall on January 12, 2017, at Pen Y Fan, Wales.

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