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London weather: New warning of more snow for hours and dangerous ice hazards

London weather: New warning of more snow for hours and dangerous ice hazards
Feb 02, 2019 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 01/02/2019.

London weather: New warning of more snow for hours and dangerous ice hazards

The Met Office says people could be injured, with a yellow weather warning in place for London on February 1 and 2.

A pattern is starting to form this week isn’t it. Yet again more snow is forecast to fall in London and ice will become increasingly dangerous as the weekend approaches, according to weather experts.

Some forecasts predict non-stop snow throughout Friday afternoon (February 1) into the night and a chilly Saturday morning (February 2).

While the Met Office has said in a new weather warning that icy hazards will pose a risk of injury for many.

It comes as some Londoners rejoiced as they woke up to find blankets of the white stuff, while others were fed up that there had been no snow day. Some schools had to close due to the treacherous conditions.

Weather warning change

The Met Office issued several weather warnings in the final week of January 2019

An amber weather warning – which means ‘severe weather’ can pose a risk to life and force changes to plans because of transport disruption – had been in place for an area just to the west of London.

But just after 11am on Friday the Met Office cancelled that alert, downgrading it to a yellow weather warning.

However, new warnings have urged the public to take care of ice this weekend.

New weather warning

A smattering of snow in the Tower Hamlets cemetery park on Friday, February 1, 2019

The Met Office published a fresh weather warning covering London and it is in place from 1pm on Friday to 11am on Saturday (February 2).

The yellow alert, for the dangers of ice, points out the risks to the public as snow thaws and ice freezes over sleet and rain.

Here are the risks the public should beware of over the next 24 hours in London during the yellow weather warning:

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services in areas where snow continues for a time Friday afternoon and evening

Temperatures are expected to drop again during the afternoon on Friday (February 1).

The Met Office added: “Friday’s snow will gradually ease during Friday evening and night.

“Meanwhile, icy stretches are expected as temperatures fall Friday late afternoon and evening, especially where there is lying snow or where there has been any melting of snow during Friday daytime.”

The weather in your part of London

As the reaction of Londoners has shown, some parts of the city have seen amazing snow, while others have been left with a disappointing dusting, if that.

Keep scrolling down for the latest forecast information for the West, East, North and South of London.

BELOW: The level of snow varied wildly across London – with some delighted after generous dollops of the white stuff and others disappointed with the slightest of smatterings.

Some of the best photos and reactions from locals on Twitter below.

The forecasts detailed below were correct at the time of publication.

West London

Snow at Harrow School, February 1, 2019

In Hillingdon snow is set to fall until 2pm.

The Met Office describes the snow expected there as ‘light’.

There are no predictions for further snow beyond that point on Friday (February 1) or Saturday (February 2) so far, if you go by the Met Office weather experts.

North London

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice was issued for London on January 31 and February 1 2019

A mixture of snow, sleet and rain will continue in Enfield until around 6pm on Friday.

After that temperatures will drop to 2C, so you can see why ice will be a risk, according to the Met Office.

While the Met Office expects cloudy weather in the area tonight, the Weather Channel’s forecast says snow will continue throughout the evening in Enfield.

So residents of the area will want to prepare for all eventualities!

East London

The Weather Channel reckon there could be a mixture of rain and snow until as late as 11pm on Friday in Barking.

The Met Office also predicts some light snow in the area at 9pm and 10pm, while its forecasters also think there will be overcast, cold conditions going into Saturday.

The Tower of London during a light snow shower in London on the night of Thursday, January 31, 2019

South London

Croydon could see a fair bit of snow in the coming hours, according to some forecasts.

Even the Met Office says snow will fall between 9pm and 11pm on Friday night.

While the Weather Channel again goes further, saying the snow will start at 4pm and continue until the end of the day.

On Saturday a cloudy day could see fairly constant temperatures of 1C – so anyone heading out in Croydon will want to wrap up warm.

Follow our snow live blog for the latest weather and traffic updates.