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More wintry weather is expected this weekend, with parts of the UK expected to experience extreme cold, snow and sleet before snow is expected in the north of the country.

The Met Office has issued yellow snow warnings for today covering much of Scotland, the North West and Wales, with snow in the north and snow for most of the rest of England on Sunday.

A level three cold weather alert has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency.

A man takes a picture of a standing fountain in Trafalgar Square, central London.  Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days.  Drawing date: Friday December 16, 2022.
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This covers the whole of England until midnight on Sunday, with warnings that the weather could “increase health risks for vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services”.

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Met Office deputy chief forecaster Helen Cogge said: “The northerly air flow and cold conditions that have dominated our weather patterns over the past 10 days will begin to lose ground on Sunday to light air pressure from the southwest.

“As the milder air meets the colder air currently in place over the UK, there will be intermittent snow showers, potentially at low levels, particularly in the north.

“This includes the risk of rain falling on frozen surfaces and strong winds over upper parts of northern Britain, bringing blizzard conditions, and this may be a day to avoid traveling in some areas, although the snow should turn to rain later.

“It is likely to affect areas north of the Pennines, which could result in some power disruptions.”

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And while temperatures are expected to rise on Sunday, this could bring blizzard conditions to some parts of the country, with snow and freezing rain causing difficult travel conditions.

Rising temperatures will also put homes across the country at risk of burst pipes.

A woman walks through the frozen Bridgewater Canal in Lymm, Cheshire.  Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days.  Drawing date: Friday December 16, 2022.
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Bridgewater Canal in Lymm, Cheshire

Peter Jenkins, director of campaigns at Water UK, said: “The last thing we want is for people to experience further disruption as temperatures rise this weekend, putting many homes at risk of burst pipes due to freeze-thaw.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to check their water pipes are well insulated now and follow our simple tips to protect homes from the elements.

“If you are concerned about the impact of freeze-thaw or cold weather, we encourage you to contact your water company for further help and advice.”

The weather caused problems in parts of Scotland on Friday, with Glasgow Airport temporarily closing its runway and some schools in Aberdeenshire, the Highlands, Perth and Kinross closing.

On the Shetlands, around 1,600 properties remain without power after heavy snow brought down lines on Monday afternoon.

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