Warnings extended as UK frost continues midweek

Look: Cold snap continues after second night of record high temperatures

Snow and ice warnings continue for Britons on Wednesday after thousands were left without power in freezing conditions.

The Met Office has extended a yellow warning for snow and ice covering northern Scotland and north-east England until midday Friday.

It comes as the Scottish government declared a major incident for Shetland on Tuesday after thousands of homes were left without power amid plummeting temperatures.

SSEN Distribution is working to restore supply to around 2,800 homes, but has warned full restoration is only likely by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, snow fell in parts of Cornwall on Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

Councilor Emily Brown in Hayle, Cornwall, posted a video of light snow just before midnight on Tuesday.

“This may not stick, but a rare opportunity from now in Hayle,” she wrote.

Earlier, minus 17.3C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire from Monday to Tuesday, making it the coldest place in the UK for the second night in a row.

Met Office spokeswoman Becky White said areas covered by the latest weather warnings could see up to 10cm of new snow on higher ground.

“We could see a few more inches of snow accumulation,” she said.

“We could see about 1-4cm on the lower levels and 5-10cm on the higher elevations across the Highlands.”

Snow and ice warnings are also in place in the southwest until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“There will be a risk of ice across the country over the next few days, but particularly tonight,” she said.

“There is a band of rain coming in from the southwest, but it can turn to snow when it hits land.”

She added that the South West could see 1-2cm of snow at lower levels and 1-10cm of snow at higher ground such as Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Ice and snow are expected to complicate conditions on Wednesday (Danny Lawson/PA)

An ice warning is in place in the east of England until midday Wednesday.

The national forecaster also added a yellow ice warning for northern Northern Ireland, including Belfast, from midday Tuesday to midday Wednesday.

Dozens of schools across the UK were forced to close for a second on Tuesday due to cold weather.

Councils from Aberdeenshire to Cambridgeshire have reported school closures, for reasons including heating failure, burst pipes and snow and ice.

In Sheffield, engineers said just over 100 homes remained to be reconnected to gas on Tuesday night after nearly 2,000 homes in the city lost their supply 11 days earlier when a burst water main filled the local gas network with more than a million liters of water. .

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