WEATHER WARNING: Bitter winter weather is to bite again

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Freezing temperatures and further snowfall is set to grip Sheffield over the coming week.

National weather forecaster the Met Office has issued a yellow ‘beware’ weather warning for snow across South Yorkshire tomorrow and Thursday, with the possibility of up to 5cm in some areas.

The warning states: “Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.”

Forecasters say a band of rain will push in from the west tomorrow morning, clearing by the afternoon. Temperatures will then become much colder, the wind will become stronger and there will be scattered snow showers overnight.

A Met Office spokesman, said: “An active cold front is expected to push across the UK during Wednesday, introducing an increasingly cold and unstable air mass.

“Showers will become frequent and heavy, falling as snow and driven well inland by strong to gale force northwesterly winds.”

On Thursday, further snow showers are predicted throughout the day, when temperatures will struggle to rise above three degrees.

At the end of the week temperatures are expected to plunge even further, with average daytime temperatures around two to three degrees and overnight temperatures dipping as low as minus four degrees.

Sheffield Council said gritters have been out on higher ground over the weekend and it will continue to monitor the situation in case further gritting is needed following the bitter forecast.

The outlook for the weekend states the weather is likely turn even colder through the weekend with sleet and snow showers, frequent across northern parts, as well as overnight frost and ice.

Strong northerly winds are also expected that will accentuate the cold with a significant wind chill.