Met Office places Merseyside on severe weather warning for snow and ice

The Met Office has warned Merseyside to expect snow and ice this week.

A weather front will collide with freezing air over the country on Tuesday night.

Rain is expected to turn to snow over the hills and fall to lower levels on Merseyside overnight on Tuesday.

Forecasters have also warned the region that any wet surfaces could turn to ice as clear skies allow temperatures to plummet.

Further wintry showers are expected through Wednesday morning and motorists have been waned to expect travel delays due to the severe weather.

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The Met Office say: “A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday, then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“The rain will turn quickly to snow on hills, then also to low levels in places.

“3 to 5 cm snow is likely above 200 metres, with up to 10 cm in a few places. A patchy covering of 1 to 2 cm is possible at low levels, although some places will see no snow at all.

“As skies clear overnight, ice is likely to form on some surfaces.

“In addition, wintry showers will follow into western areas on Wednesday morning, giving further slight accumulations of snow in a few places.”

The Met Office weather warning is in place from 12am Tuesday to 11am Wednesday.

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