Status Yellow ice warning for northeast England and Scotland

Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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The Met Office has put a Status Yellow ice warning in place for northeast England and Scotland.

The warning was put in place today (Wednesday, March 30) and extends until 10.00a.m tomorrow (Thursday, March 31).

It affects parts of Sheffield and extends upwards to Leeds, across to Scarborough, up through Newcastle to reach Edinburgh, continuing through Aberdeen, Inverness and to the Orkney Islands.

Image: The Met Office

Status Yellow ice warning​

Status Yellow warnings are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low-level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.

In this instance, the warning forecasts snow and hail showers that could lead to icy surfaces.

According to the Met Office, there will probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to an increased chance of accidents or injuries.

Furthermore, some higher elevation roads may be also affected by snowfall, resulting in longer journey times.

The drop in temperatures is a risk for some farmers, growers and gardeners.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s chief horticultural advisor Guy Barter commented on this.

“Colder weather will slow plant growth and inhibit plums and pears pollination as insects fly less in cold dull weather,” he said.

“Limited rain will help new sowings of peas and carrots for example, and newly planted lettuces and other plants but should not greatly delay sowing and planting once conditions improve.

“Tender plants, petunias and tomatoes for example, won’t be put outside for another month at least but lower light affects greenhouses and will slow their growth.”

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