Issued at: 11:47 on Saturday 27 December 2014
Valid from: 14:00 on Saturday 27 December 2014
Valid to: 03:00 on Sunday 28 December 2014
Showers are expected through this afternoon and much of Saturday night. These will fall as sleet and snow at times, especially in heavier showers and over the hills, Moors and Pennines. Accumulations of several centimetres may occur in places leading to difficult driving conditions and the additional hazard of ice.
The public should take extra care and be aware of the risk of the possibility of some disruption to travel.
Chief Forecaster’s Assessment
Showers will continue to develop over the North Sea during this afternoon and Saturday night. As winds increasingly turn to the east these will be brought onshore. Although not all places will see the showers, and some of the lighter ones will fall as rain or sleet at low levels, further accumulations of snow will occur during the heavier ones, especially over the hills and higher ground such as the Cheviots, Moors, Wolds and Pennines. Many areas will see very little snow accumulation but as much as 2 to 5 cm is expected over higher ground and perhaps as much as 10 cm very locally. The showers will slowly die out from the south of the region after midnight but will leave a legacy of icy patches.