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A Boxing Day blizzard with up to 10cm of snow is expected to hit parts of Britain today, from the East Midlands to the North-East and Scotland as the white Christmas continues.
One of the Met Office‘s yellow warnings was expanded to include an area ranging from the Scottish Borders to Derbyshire, due to an increased chance of snow accumulating over the southern Pennines overnight.
A second yellow warning was in place for a smaller area north of Glasgow and heading north-east across the Forth Valley, with the weather service saying Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling were likely to be affected today.
Hardy Boxing Day dippers took the plunge in Seaburn off the North East coast of England this morning as a blizzard with up to 10cm of snow is expected to hit parts of Britain today, from the East Midlands to Scotland
Early risers enjoy a traditional Boxing Day dip this morning in the freezing North Sea waters at Seaburn, near Sunderland
Boxing Day Dippers jump in the cold waters at Seaburn off the North East coast, with crashing waves and blustering winds
A Met Office spokesman said: ‘As an area of rain moves northwards, it looks like turning to snow over parts of northern England, and then southern and central Scotland.
‘Accumulations of 2-4 cm of snow are possible above 200 metres and 5-10 cm above 300 metres.
‘Coupled with strong winds, gusting to 35 to 45 mph in places, this is likely to lead to some difficult travel conditions across higher Pennine and Cumbrian routes, as well as the Southern Uplands, during the early hours of Sunday.
‘Temporary blizzard conditions may be encountered above around 300 or 400 metres elevation. These conditions will probably move into some hillier central parts of Scotland during Sunday morning, while snow turns back to rain further south.’
Two dippers wave for the cameras after emerging from the cold North Sea
Boxing Day dippers waved their arms in victory while wading through to the shoreline
Wish you were here? The Boxing Day Dip is always an icy cool refresher after the excess of Christmas Day
The Boxing Day Dip is frequently used to champion charitable causes but many have been cancelled in the past two years due to Covid
Patches of rain and fog are expected across the UK over the following three days
An abandoned vehicle lies covered in snow in Burnopfield, County Durham, this morning after overnight snow on Boxing Day
Horses brave the elements on a snow covered field in Burnopfield, County Durham
A car passes a Royal Mail post box covered in snow at Slayley in Northumberland this morning, as parts of the country prepare for blizzard-like conditions
A woman waves to another passer-by while walking her dog through the snow at Slayley in Northumberland
It was a truly white Christmas for these horses in a snow-covered field in Burnopfield, County Durham, pictured this morning
A motorist clears snow from his windscreen in Burnopfield, County Durham, this morning
The Met Office said some ‘short term’ loss of power and other services is possible during the period of the warnings.
Both yellow warnings are expected to end at midday on Sunday.
On Saturday, the service said it had been a white Christmas for parts of the UK as people in Shetland and eastern Scotland woke up to a blanket of snow.
Elsewhere, a yellow warning for heavy rain continues to be in place until 9am across south-western parts of County Down in Northern Ireland, with the service warning flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.
Source: Daily Mail