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A yellow ice warning across the country has been issued by the UK Met Office, with the possibility of pockets of snowfall overnight in some rural areas.Drivers were warned to expect “treacherous conditions” as snow and ice could disrupt travel across the UK on Sunday, as the country braces itself for its first covering this weekend.

Mirror Online reports: “The Met Office has forecasted some snow and issued a yellow weather warning for ice, setting in at 9pm this evening and continuing until 11am on Sunday morning.

“The snow could be heavy in parts of the north west on higher ground, forecasters have warned.

“The alert warns there could be tricky travel conditions with some disruption possible on roads and railways causing a delay in journey times.”

The forecast spans much of the UK. Regions that could be affected include the East Midlands, North East England, West Midlands, Wales, Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Central, Tayside and Fife.

“Wales, the North West and East, as well as the East Midlands look to be worse hit, with areas such as Leeds, Glasgow, Belfast and Derry most vulnerable to the chilly weather,” the report added.

The warning says: “A spell of rain and hill snow is likely to affect many areas, with skies clearing at times to allow icy surfaces, although these won’t affect all places.

Motorists could face problems as country is predicted to freeze overnight Image: PA

“The snow is most likely above 200 metres elevation and probably focused in the north Pennines and into parts of Scotland; here it could affect a few lower lying areas.”

Net Weather snow charts show “ferocious winds sweeping across northern areas of the UK and even as far down as the Midlands and Wales”.

Meanwhile, the Met Office reported that “everywhere else”  in the UK will turn into a day of blustery showers with a cold wind.

On the upside, dry and bright conditions are predicted for the start of the week ahead.

A statement on the Met Office website said: “It will feel milder next week, but there could also be some more flurries of snow in hilly areas.

“From mid-week it will turn milder and unsettled again as further bands of rain and strong winds edge in from the west, after which unsettled and sometimes windy conditions will probably last for the rest of the period.
“Snow may occur at times in the north, mainly on high ground. There remains a chance of brief drier, colder interludes, with an increased risk of frost and fog.”
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