Met Office issues fresh snow alert for Britain: Map reveals huge 250-mile wall of snow to blast the UK within DAYS – with yellow warning covering vast swathe of England

  • Northern England and Wales face a blast of up to 8 inches of snow on Thursday

Britain will be hit by heavy snow later this week as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning on Thursday for up to eight inches to fall in some areas.

Meteorologists said a band of rain, ice and snow will push northward from Thursday morning, bringing up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) of snow to lower levels. Up to 2 inches (5 cm) is set to fall on the ground above 650 feet (200 m), and as much as 8 inches (20 cm) above 1,300 feet (400 m).

The 24-hour warning area covers a distance of more than 250 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweet in North East England to Cardigan in Ceredigion, West Wales.

It will last from 3am on Thursday until 3am on Friday, but the Met Office said there was uncertainty over the ‘rain and snow boundary, and the northern boundary of the snow’.

Forecasters said there was a chance of power outages and mobile phone coverage outages during the day, while “some rural communities could be cut off”.

Exact details may change in the coming days. The snow will ease later Thursday, and may turn back to rain or drizzle, especially in the south and east of the area.

The Met Office added that there could be travel delays on roads with ‘some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or canceled rail and air travel’.

The 24-hour Met Office snow warning runs from 03:00 on Thursday until 03:00 on Friday

The 24-hour Met Office snow warning runs from 03:00 on Thursday until 03:00 on Friday

Britain will be hit by heavy snow later this week as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning on Thursday for up to eight inches to fall in some areas

Britain will be hit by heavy snow later this week as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning on Thursday for up to eight inches to fall in some areas

It follows a blast of cold weather last month, which saw days of snowfall across the country and temperatures down to -5C.

It follows a blast of cold weather last month, which saw days of snowfall across the country and temperatures down to -5C.

Meanwhile, a yellow ice warning is in place across the far north of Scotland - including Caithness, the Orkney and Shetland Islands - until 4am tomorrow

Meanwhile, a yellow ice warning is in place across the far north of Scotland – including Caithness, the Orkney and Shetland Islands – until 4am tomorrow

Northern Scotland faced a wet and windy start to today, while patches of rain also broke out in northern England and Wales

Northern Scotland faced a wet and windy start to today, while patches of rain also broke out in northern England and Wales.

The snow warning covers the whole of the northern half of England and much of Wales.

It stretches from Cumbria and the Scottish Borders to Cambridgeshire and the Midlands. The whole of north and central Wales, including Anglesey, is within the area.

Separately, there is an ice warning today across the far north of Scotland – including Caithness, the Orkney and Shetland Islands – in place until 4am tomorrow.

Scotland has also received a yellow weather warning for up to 6.7 inches (170 mm) of rain, which will hit parts of the country until 9pm.

The Met Office has warned there is a risk of flooding as well as strong winds. Patches of rain also broke out in northern England and Wales today, but were less severe.