A rare red warning for snow has been issued for parts of Scotland. Amber warnings are also in force for other parts of the UK. Met Office Meteorologist Aidan McGivern has more details:
Heavy snow showers and gale force winds will continue to affect large parts of the UK tomorrow as Storm Emma hits.
Forecasters have warned the storm will be “significantly disruptive”, bringing the risk of power cuts, huge transport delays, up to 40cm of snow and temperatures as low as -12.
The Met Office continues to have weather warnings in place for much of the country after the battering from the ‘Beast from the East’ – and more blizzards are on the way.
Snow is expected in northern and eastern areas overnight and will drift across Scotland in the strong winds.
Frost and extreme winterly conditions will spread across southern England by the morning.
Below is when a list of when snow is predicted to hit your area.
Widespread snow is still forecast throughout Wednesday and into Thursday morning.
Showers are expected to stop briefly around midday before starting again in the early evening.
Some places are likely to have an additional 15-25cm of snow, locally as much as 40cm.
An amber warning is in place until 6pm on Thursday and temperatures hover around -6.
It will be a bitterly cold night with strong winds leading to a penetrating frost and minimum temperatures overnight -10 °C.
Snow showers will continue in the early hours of Thursday, although these will steadily ease through the day and skies will remain cloudy.
Strong winds will male it feel bitterly cold and temperature are unlikely to rise above freezing.
Parts of Wales and western England could have 10-15cm of snow on the ground by the end of Friday.
Freezing temperatures will make travel conditions treacherous and an amber warning covers parts of the east Midlands.
The Met Office said: “A band of heavy snow showers will continue across the area well into this afternoon, with a further 5-10 cm of snow accumulating in a number of places, and locally 15 cm where snow showers are most frequent.
“Strong winds will lead to drifting of lying snow, along with severe wind chill, whilst lightning will be an additional hazard, particularly near coasts. The snow showers should ease later in the afternoon.”
The south west will be one of the first areas hit by Storm Emma with gale-force winds and heavy snow causing treacherous conditions tomorrow.
The cold air will see a windchill of -7C in some places.
Thursday is likely to be the worst day for the south, especially the south west. An amber warning is in place from midday Thursday until 8am on Friday.
“Some places could also see significant ice build up overnight into Friday. The snow is likely to be accompanied by strong easterly winds.
“Long delays and cancellations to public transport is expected, whilst some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are likely to occur.
South East and London:
Temperatures are unlikely to rise above -1 in London tomorrow with rural areas seeing the mercury plummet to around -4.
Skies are predicted to be clear in the early hours of the morning.
But sleet and snow showers are likely to hit in the late morning and continue until around 4pm.
It will feel very cold with strong and chilly easterly winds, according to the Met Office.
Scotland will be one of the worst hit by the extreme weather.
People in central Scotland have been advised to stay indoors from until 10am tomorrow morning when snow showers might start to ease.
Up to 40cm of snow could fall by mid-morning on Thursday with snowdrifts being considerably higher.
The Met Office said: “Heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow in the strong easterly winds will become more widespread across the area later on Wednesday afternoon, through the evening and overnight into Thursday.
Police Scotland warning
Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing said: “The Met Office has now increased the weather warning to Red, the first time this has occurred for snow storms.
“We can’t stress enough that all travel should be avoided unless it’s essential being absolutely necessary and extremely important.
“Police Scotland’s national Multi Agency Command Centre, is co-ordinating our emergency response across all Local Policing Divisions in Scotland and will continue to do throughout the next 48 hours.”
“Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers. Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected.
“Some communities could become cut off for several days. Long interruptions to power supplies and other services.”
It is highly likely hundreds, if not thousands, of schools will remain closed on Thursday.