Brits warned over power cuts and being stranded as heavy snow set to fall

Brits could see power cuts and be stranded after heavy snow and ice cuts them off, the Met Office has warned.

There may also be cancellations to public transport and roads may be shut due to the icy treacherous conditions.

Vehicles and passengers are at risk of being stranded due to the expected travel delays, as up to 10cm of snow is set to fall in places.

Most of the UK has been issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, but a large area of Essex, Cambridge and Greater London and Hertfordshire have been issued an amber alert.

The alert, which begins 5am on Saturday, is in place until 2pm in the afternoon.

It says: "An area of rain will move eastwards through Saturday and is likely to turn to snow as this runs into cold air over eastern England.

" Snow is likely to fall to low levels on the leading edge of the rain area before turning back to rain later from the west.

"East Anglia looks most at risk of seeing snow for longest. 1-3 cm of snow is expected fairly widely with 5-10 cm in places."

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A yellow warning for snow and ice covers the majority of Scotland, northern England and the midlands, as well as London.

However, Wales and the south western parts of the UK have no alerts in place.

The ice warning is set to finish at 6pm on Saturday and involves rain and snow pushing eastwards throughout the day.

Roads and paths are at risk of turning icy as rain falls on subzero surfaces.

This could lead to injuries, falls and travel delays.

Northern parts of the country have seen snow for several days after the New Year, with fields, gardens and paths being covered in the white stuff.

Temperatures have plummeted this month with lows as far as -10C being recorded overnight.

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