On Friday night, a yellow ice weather alert was given for Scotland and portions of southern England & Wales, with as much as 11cm (4.3in) of snowfall expected in certain locations. There’s still a risk of ice spots throughout Scotland, which is a great concern.
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 8, 2022
A deep region of low pressure in the northwest of the Country is delivering significant rain and snow to a large swath of the country. According to the Environment Agency in England, flooding is a real possibility. Also in Wales, there are five alerts, but none in Scotland.
The Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe, and Combe Martin section of the North Devon coast is included in one of the England warnings zones.
More than a dozen rivers and streams in Exmoor, the Mid Bristol Avon area, Leicestershire, and the Middle Exe area are also included in the warnings. The Rivers Clyst and Culm, the Rivers Crake, Duddon, and Mill Beck, West Somerset Streams, and the Severn Vyrnwy confluence are also included.
According to the Met Office prediction-
“early rain, heavy at times, clearing eastwards, finally clearing East Anglia and southeast England late afternoon”.
“Some early hill snow in the North. Brighter, colder weather with heavy, blustery showers, wintry over hills, follows from the West. Windy and blustery.”
Walks like a penguin have been encouraged by the NHS across Greater Glasgow and Clyde amid the frigid weather (NHSGGC).
People are being advised by the health service to flex their knees slightly, point their feet out slightly, stretch their hands at their sides, walk flat-footed – taking small strides, and maintain their center of mass over their heels to prevent falling.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s director of public health, Linda de Caestecker, said:
“While it might seem silly to walk or waddle like a penguin, in the context of the wintery conditions we’re seeing today, penguins know best.
“If you find yourself out and about in icy conditions, adopting the penguin stance is a really effective way to move without falling.”
The strong west wind will make it feel cold in Scotland, with temperatures anticipated to range between 6C (43F) and 8C (46F).
Readings in the south of England are expected to reach between 10C (50F) and 11C (52F), while those in northern England are expected to reach between 7C (44F) and 8C (46F).
As the day progresses, most of Scotland will be dry and sunny, with temperatures likely to range from 4C (40F) to 7C (43F) (44F).
Wind and rain, heavy in places, will spread eastwards on Saturday, with temporary snow on northern hills. Sunny spells and blustery showers will follow, with hail, thunder and hill snow possible. It will be milder than today but may not feel it https://t.co/f0MOgixoYV pic.twitter.com/Vohphhsv91
— Sky News Weather (@SkyNewsWeather) January 7, 2022
On Sunday, most of England will have dry and sunny conditions, with a few showers possible in the west. On Monday, rain is expected to creep eastward, although the extreme southeast will be spared.