Met Office issues the highest RED weather warning for the first time in five years, but what does it mean ?

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Much of the country are on severe weather warnings over the next few days, as cold Russian winds send temperatures plummeting.

Parts of the UK are receiving very heavy snowfall today and Merseyside is expected to see some snow through Friday and Saturday as the region remains on a yellow warning.

For the first time ever the Met office has issued parts of the Scotland a RED severe weather warning as Scotland could see up to 40cm of snow.

But what do the warnings mean ?

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Yellow

Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you.

Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities.

The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.

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Amber

There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office

Red

Extreme weather is expected. Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.

You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

Weather warnings for snow, wind and ICE are in place until at least Saturday for much of the UK as the freezing weather bombards the UK.

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