The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across Cumbria on Friday, January 7.

The warning will be active between the hours of midnight and 10am.

Temperatures could drop significantly with snow for areas above 200m.

The Met Office said: “Frequent wintry showers arriving from the west overnight Thursday into Friday are likely to lead to a fresh covering of snow for areas above 200m (mainly around 2-5 cm, possibly as much as 10 cm over highest ground where showers are most frequent).

“Falling snow below this level may cause some temporary slushy accumulations which then may freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.

“These showers will turn increasingly to rain and sleet at lower levels through Friday morning, before steadily easing from the west through the afternoon ahead of an area of rain and milder conditions.”

The yellow warning is affecting most of the North West of England and Scotland.

This comes as the Met Office forecasted some regions would face regionalised ‘blizzard’ conditions as unseasonably warm temperatures depart.

What to expect during a yellow warning for snow and ice

According to the Met Office, on Friday you can expect the following:

  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
  • Some brief power outages are possible with a risk of isolated lightning strikes.

Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “It’s basically what we should have for this time in January; it’s just that we’ve been so mild for so long that it’s suddenly a bit of a shock to the system.”

Warm winds coming from the mid-Atlantic created warmer than normal temperatures across the festive period, hovering around 16C. This made it the warmest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on record.