What to expect from Storm Emma hitting Merseyside

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Storm Emma has arrived and is bringing a lot of severe weather with her as she clashes with the freezing air above the country.

Parts of Scotland and the south west of England have been issued rare red weather warnings, indicating that there is a danger to life to the areas are hit by heavy snow.

Up to 40cm could fall in some areas and entire communities could become cut off as snow could fall throughout most of Thursday.

Merseyside saw a dusting of snow during Wednesday night when temperatures dipped to a freezing -5.1C.

More snow is forecast fro the country on Friday, which could affect Merseyside according to forecasters.

READ MORE: What does a RED severe weather warning mean ?

What to expect ?

There’s a risk of snow showers and ICE affecting the region through today and Friday.

Temperatures will remain around freezing during Thursday and Friday, nighttime temps will be as low as -2C.

The weather will feel much colder than the actual temperatures as winds will be gusting at around 40mph, so it will feel closer to -11c at times.

Merseyside’s greatest chance of heavy significant snow points to late Friday afternoon/evening when storm Emma will begin to track further north.

The area is on a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, which is in place from 12:05am on Friday to 11:55pm on Saturday.

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The Met Office say: “Further spells of snow could continue to move north through Friday, with the potential to produce widespread snowfall, accompanied by strong winds – although the winds will tend to ease through the day.

“Amounts of snow are likely to be highly variable. Currently Wales, parts of Southwest England and The Midlands are most likely to have the largest amounts of snow, with the potential for an additional 5-10 cm here.

“This warning has been updated to restrict the warning to just Friday. The warning has also been changed from a combined snow/wind to a snow/ice warning to reflect the increased likelihood of icy stretches forming through Friday evening”.

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