Merseyside blanketed by snow as the beast from the east arrives causing travel disruption and school closures


Merseyside was blanketed by snow on Tuesday as freezing winds from Russia grip the region and the Met Office have issued further severe weather warnings.

Temperatures will struggle to reach over 0C at times through the week and with this comes a risk of snow.

Merseyside was placed on a yellow warning for snow during Tuesday and the forecasters actually got it right.

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The region woke up to around 4cm of snow on Tuesday morning, which caused some traffic problems and school closures.

Elleray Park School, Wallasey, Foxfield School, Birkenhead and Abbot’s Lea School, Woolton were all shut as the remained on the ground causing problems for traveling teachers.

Flights from John Lennon were cancelled on Tuesday morning as snow grounded flights and people were reportedly stuck on planes on the runway.

Hoylake beach was completely transformed into a winter wonderland as snow blanketed the freezing sand.

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The snow on the ground is expected to last throughout the day as temperatures remain around freezing.

There could also be a risk of ice overnight as the snow refreezes in the cold air as temperatures dip to -4C.

Even more snow could fall during Friday as an area of low pressure that will bring severe winds and heavy rain to Portugal will head towards the UK and will clash with the freezing air.

A forecaster at the Met Office said: “A weather system is expected to continue to move north through Friday and into Saturday, and has potential to produce widespread snow, accompanied by strong winds.

“As less cold air follows across the south, there is a chance of snow turning to freezing rain for a time, bringing an additional ice risk here.

“There is still uncertainty in how this system will develop but there is a small chance of the combined effects of snow, strong winds and ice leading to severe impacts. This warning has been updated to extend it into Saturday”.

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