Freezing rain and ‘treacherous ice’ warning for Cumbria

Cumbria is set to be hit by freezing rain, with the Met Office warning of “treacherous” conditions.

A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued for Cumbria and remains in place until 3pm today.

The Met Office warns that “treacherous ice may develop, at least in a few places, following freezing rain. Where it occurs, significant disruption is possible.”

The national weather forecast adds that the wintry conditions could pose “dangerous driving conditions” which could lead to car crashes, road closures and longer journey times.

There is also a “small chance” of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces and untreated pavements and cycle paths may quickly become “treacherous and possibly impassable.”

The warning adds: “Further freezing rain is possible this morning and early afternoon over Scotland and also over high ground in northern England. This freezing rain is likely to be quite localised, but where it does occur will rapidly cause icy and and somewhat treacherous stretches on roads and pavements.”

Ice warning for parts of Cumbria
(Image: Met Office)

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average, this will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea.

“Where temperatures were close to freezing in many places last week, we could expect to see 11C or 12C next week.

“There are still some wintry hazards to get through over the next few days, with low temperatures, strong winds and further snow especially in Northern Ireland.”

He added: “On Sunday there is a risk of freezing rain over the high ground in Scotland and northern England, with further snow in the Scottish hills, before turning to rain as the warm air takes hold.”

The coldest UK temperature for 65 years was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday night, when the mercury dropped down to -23C.

A record low temperature for February was also recorded in England and Wales when temperatures in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, dropped to -15.3C overnight on Thursday.

Public Health England (PHE) has extended its cold weather alert through the weekend and has urged people to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

Dr Owen Landeg, group leader for extreme events and health protection at PHE, said: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

“Make a call, or socially-distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to heat their home to at least 18C, 64.4F, and to keep up to date with the forecast.

“It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need.”

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