Met Office issues yellow wind warning for north Shropshire and North Wales

Snow forecast map UK

Snow forecast map UK

Met Éireann has upgraded its wind alert, and warned snow and ice are likely across Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Earlier today the area affected was the extreme west of West Sussex but this has recently been extended to cover all of the South.of England.

"In addition roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries".

The yellow warning of wind for Wales and England is in force from midnight to 9am on January 18.

The heaviest and most frequent showers would be in the north and west of the United Kingdom, which could see 2-5cm of snow.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by late morning".

Blustery showers will follow behind the rain, falling as snow on Scottish hills.

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Further snow is expected to fall on Thursday, and possibly on Friday too, but only in parts of the region. Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across western Scotland.

"A cold, windy Tuesday with widespread heavy showers merging to longer spells of rain across the western half of the country; some of the showers will be wintry".

However there is a yellow wind warning for Munster Leinster and Galway until tomorrow, with an orange gale force warning for coastal counties.

The chief forecaster's assessment adds: "A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track east across the United Kingdom during Wednesday night and early Thursday".

Drifting snow over the high Pennine routes is also being mooted as a potential danger to drivers, with conditions during the heaviest showers being described as "very poor".

Through the night there will be some heavy showers which bring the risk of several centimetres of snow and risk of ice.

"For people planning to travel by rail, ferry, or plane, it's a similar message - you should check with the operator ahead of time to find out if your service has been affected by the conditions". Flying debris is also possible, along with some damage to buildings. Westerly winds will be very strong with severe gusts over Leinster, Munster and parts of Connacht but in the north winds will be fresh to strong.

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