Snow, ice and cold weather warnings have been issued for parts of the UK beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7).

The Met Office has issued a Status Yellow warning for the east coast of England from 6:00p.m on Wednesday to midday on Thursday (December 8), when it is also extended to include Wales and the majority of Northern Ireland.

This ice warning was already issued for Scotland, which will likely also experience snow.

The areas with the Status Yellow ice warning. Image: Met Office

While the warning is in place, travels disruption; the potential for slips and falls; and icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths can be expected.

Cold weather alert

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (HSA) has issued a Level 3 (Amber) cold weather alert covering all of England from Wednesday through to Monday (December 12)

This means there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions while the warning is in place.

“Cold weather can have serious consequences for health, and older people and those with heart or lung conditions can be particularly at risk,” Dr. Agostinho Sousa, consultant in Public Health Medicine at UKHSA, said.

“If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you should heat your home to a temperature that is comfortable for you. In rooms you mostly use such as the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18° if you can.

“Keep your bedroom windows closed at night. Wearing several layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thicker layer.”

The Met Office has said there is no certainty how long the cold spell will last, but that it is expected to stay cold into next week, with temperatures remaining well below average for the time of year.

The weather is being caused by an “arctic maritime airmass” it added.