Snow and ice warning

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After the rain comes the snow!

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow and ice in the North West.

The yellow warning has been given for Cumbria.

It says showers of rain, sleet and snow will lead to local accumulations on hills above 200-300m, mainly over Scotland.

They will ease during the night but will leave a risk of icy patches which lasts into New Year’s Day.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster’s assessment states: “A cold, showery airstream will bring wintry showers across the region.

Whilst most showers at low levels will be of rain, they will turn to snow locally in heavier bursts.

In Scotland, local accumulations of 4cm or so are expected above 200m, with around 10cm above 400m.”

The warning is valid from 6pm this evening until noon tomorrow.

There is also a variety of yellow warnings for: Central, Tayside & Fife, Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian and Borders, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, Northern Ireland, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales.

Met Office early warnings are issued more than 24 hours ahead of severe weather.

There are three categories of event red, amber and yellow - the most severe is red.