A WEATHER warning for snow has been placed on the whole of Cumbria for later this week, as the Met Office warns the weather could cause 'significant disruption'.

A yellow warning for snow has been placed on Cumbria, as well as many other parts of the north of England with the Met Office warning that heavy snow has the potential to cause significant disruption on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures as low as minus six are expected to hit the county in the early part of the week before the snow threat moves into Cumbria towards the weekend.

The snow risk is initially in the south as mild air gradually moves in from the southwest but brings with it snow as it meets the cold air.

This risk of snow gradually spreads further north through the latter half of the week

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates said: “The impactful weather will continue through the second half of the week as mild air meets cold air with further snow, ice, wind and then rain likely later in the week and into the weekend.

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“Through Thursday and Friday, the snow risk spreads to central and northern areas of the UK.

By Friday, while areas of the north could see further disruptive snowfall with strong winds possibly creating snowdrifts in places.”

The cold weather has caused the UK Health Security Agency has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert for the whole of England which is likely to be reviewed in the coming days.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health.

“If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18°C if you can.”

By Sunday, temperatures are set to return to around average for the time of year.