Storm Emma: New Red alert issued for snow

Cars covered in snow in Ashford Kent

An amber snow and ice warning has also been issue for the South West and south Wales from 12pm on Thursday until 8am on Friday.

Motorists have been warned to take extra care on the roads due to the snowy conditions, after four people died in auto crashes amid the heavy snow.

Some places could see large build-ups of ice overnight into Friday, and will be accompanied by strong winds coming from the east.

Travel delays on the roads are expected along with some delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

The second warning, which covers areas like Cardiff, Somerset and parts of Devon, is now in place until the early hours of Friday.

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley said: "The weather has deteriorated very quickly and we're now in the middle of an amber warning from the Met office".

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said people would be risking their lives if they ignored the travel advice, and warned that the weather would get worse.

According to Reuters.com, up to 15 inches of snow fell on portions of the United Kingdom and temperatures dropped to around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, causing delays and cancellations on roads, railways and at airports.

The storm, named by the Portuguese Met Service, will move north through Europe and is due to hit the United Kingdom on Thursday and Friday, and will be "significantly disruptive", bringing the risk of power cuts and transport delays.

Storm Emma: New Red alert issued for snow
Storm Emma: New Red alert issued for snow

Superintendent Helen Harrison said: "Many of those people who did go out yesterday faced treacherous conditions, blocked roads, being stuck in their vehicles or even being involved in collisions".

Another top-level Red alert for heavy snow has been issued with Storm Emma poised to batter the UK.

The red warning was the first red alert for snow in Scotland since a new warning system came into place in 2011.

The chief forecaster continued: "Snow showers are expected to continue over parts of Eastern Scotland, bringing a further risk of ice and further accumulations of snow".

Plymouth Council said more than 80 schools would remain shut on Thursday along with 50 in Newcastle and 103 across Devon.

The forecasting service issued an amber warning for wind and snow in the capital later today, with conditions set to worsen from 2pm onwards.

People have been told to avoid travelling after the highest level of alert was issued for heavy snow in parts of Scotland.

A red weather warning - the second in 24 hours - expired at 2am, but amber warnings for snow are still in place for much of Scotland, the north-east of England, and parts of Northern Ireland, running until 10am, and for wind and snow in south western parts of the United Kingdom until 8am.

Drivers reported being stranded for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles on the motorway.

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