Severe Boxing Day weather warnings for UK including snow and travel chaos

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Parts of the UK could be blasted by snow on Boxing Day after the Met Office put out a string of weather warnings. for snow for the majority of the north, and parts of Glasgow, too.

The shocking weather conditions are also likely to cause travel disruption and power cuts.

Leeds and Carlisle in northern England as well as parts of Dumfries, Lanark and Kelso in Scotland could be blanketed by the white stuff while strong winds are expected to cause travel disruption.

And parts of Glasgow, Stirling and Perth north of the border are also expected to be hit by the cold weather and high winds, causing damage to power lines.

Initially snow will be confined to higher areas above 500m from just before midnight on Christmas Day but, during the early hours, it will start to fall lower down.

The majority of the snow will fall above 300m, up to 5cm deep, with a possible excess of 10cm snow above 500m.

This has cause the experts to issue crucial guidance on driving in the snow.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “By driving with snow on your car, you may in fact be breaking the law.

“The lines of the law are to do with visibility, both the visibility of your car to other drivers and your own visibility looking out the windows when driving.

“If either are obscured you could well be breaking the law and endangering your own life as well as the lives of others – not to mention be liable for a police fine if you’re caught.

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“One of the priorities to pack when driving in winter conditions is a fully-charged mobile phone for use in an emergency.

“You never know when you might get stuck or breakdown and a fully-charged phone is the best way to call for help – obviously not for use when driving.”

Tonight's weather will see a band of rain pushing north east, covering the vast majority of the UK – which will make driving on Christmas Day a challenge should it be cold enough to freeze over.

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