BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of travel chaos as dangerous ICE sparks yellow warning

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BBC WEATHER forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned commuters to beware when they hit the roads on Thursday as roads turned to ice following heavy overnight thunderstorms.

BBC Weather meteorologist Carol Kirkwood warned a yellow weather warning was issued overnight over concerns ice would develop on Scottish roads in the aftermath of severe thunderstorms. Ms Kirkwood said commuters should beware and prepare to “scrape their windscreens” due to potential frost forming as a result of a drop in temperatures during the night. The BBC Weather forecaster said: “We’ve had days when it’s been chilly and days when it’s been milder but today it’s going to be another day when it’s chilly.

“Across some central and eastern parts of the UK this morning, a touch of frost so you may find you have to scrape your cars’ windscreens before you head out. We’ve also got rain spreading in from the east.

Another thing to watch out for this morning is ice – Met Office have a yellow warning out for that across Scotland and, as you can see, there’s been lots of rain has been falling overnight.

“Through the course of the night, we’ve had the rain coming in across Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England – that will be pushing steadily eastwards through the day.”

Ms Kirkwood forecasted Thursday morning across the rest of the UK will remain “blustery” as a new wave of showers moves eastwards through the day.

She continued: “A blustery day and then, later on, the wind will start to strengthen once again in the southwest and the English channel.

“Thursday there will be some lovely sunrises and some sunshine, frosty start with the rain moving from the west towards the east. The brightest skies today are going to be across the east of Scotland.

“For the rest of Scotland, fairly cloudy with some rains. Cloudy for Northern Ireland and through the afternoon the rain gets through to eastern England, to possibly some hill snow.

“Heavier bursts, we might see a little bit of that at lower levels. Pull away from that and we’re back to clear skies and also some showers. Blustery winds, temperatures a bit higher in the southwest but it is a chilly day.”

The BBC Weather forecaster said winds are expected to strengthen over Wales, Cornwall and western England, warning the gusts could hit “gale-force”.

The Met Office also suggested the weather front could trigger snow “on some northern hills” as the band of rain continues its course eastwards.

The Met Office’s short-range forecast read: “Rain, with snow on some northern hills, continuing to move north-east.

“Clear spells and showers following, some heavy with hail in the south-west, where gales are likely, severe on coasts.

“On Friday, rain in the north-east, with sunny intervals and occasional showers elsewhere.

“Becoming cloudier with rain into the south-west later along with renewed strong winds and coastal gales later.”

Temperatures will plummet through the coming days sparking predictions another Beast from the East winter blast could pounce before the end of the year.

As the nation reels from Storm Atiyah’s assault earlier this week, forecasters warn another mega-storm is about to smash the country.

It joins a queue of frenzied low-pressure vortexes lined up in the Atlantic about to be steered this way by an unusually powerful jet stream.

Arctic air pulled in by the storms will send temperatures plunging with crippling snowfall forecast in parts of the country.

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