UK weather: snow and ice warnings issued for Scotland and parts of England

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Snow and ice warnings have been issued for much of Scotland and parts of England for the weekend.

The Met Office expects a band of heavy snow to bring disruption to road and rail networks as it sweeps eastwards in the early morning.

A snow warning is in place for London, with up to 4cm expected to fall in the south-east and East Anglia.

Motorists have been told to expect continuing icy conditions across much of England, Wales and Scotland.

Temperatures were as low as -6C early on Friday in parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria, with yellow warnings likely to last through most of the day.

Yorkshire Ambulance said it had stood down from the major incident status it declared on Friday. However, staff would continue to monitor the situation.

Efforts to press on with the vaccine distribution have been affected by the bad weather.

At one point a vaccination centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was closed, with patients told to await new appointments.

Pensioners on the over-80s list at Newcastle’s Centre for Life were told they could rebook rather than risk making a trip in the icy conditions.

Newcastle Hospitals tweeted: “There’s enough vaccine for everyone, so don’t worry about making a trip to Newcastle.”

Leeds University delayed the opening of its asymptomatic Covid-19 test centre, saying: “We know travel in the snow can be tricky, so if you are late you will still be seen.”

Brighter Futures, which provides homes, hostels and health services for the homeless and mentally ill in the Midlands, activated its severe weather emergency procedure.

The organisation is giving emergency accommodation to everyone it sees sleeping rough.

A juror in the trial of Pawel Relowicz, who denies raping and murdering student Libby Squire, was unable to get to Sheffield crown court on Friday due to the weather.

The case had already been postponed on Thursday when three jurors found themselves unable to make the journey.

About 700 homes in the Hebden Bridge area of West Yorkshire lost their gas supply when water froze in a pipe.

Becky Mitchell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.”

Areas at lower levels and further south could be see up to 2-5cm of snow or face rain or sleet.

Saturday’s Met Office weather warning states: “At first the main hazard may be rain falling on to frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes. However, snow becomes more likely during the early morning.

“Heavier snowfall is more likely above 200 metres in Scotland and northern England, where 5-10cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20cm on highest routes.”