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U.K. Met Office Issues Severe Weather Warnings of Snow and Sleet

March 22, 2013

U.K. Met Office Issues Severe Weather Warnings of Snow and Sleet

A woman crosses a snow covered road in Buxton. Photographer: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K.’s Met Office issued severe weather warnings today, saying heavy snow, sleet and rain may pose health risks and disrupt travel across Britain.

There is a 90 percent chance of “severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow” through the morning of March 25, the national weather forecaster said on its website today.

More than 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) of rain may fall in southern and southwestern parts of the U.K. today, according to the Met. Rain may turn to snow as storms move northeast, with as much as 30 centimeters of snow falling in some areas of north Wales, the Midlands, northern England, southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland today and tomorrow.

Sixty schools are closed in Northern Ireland due to snow, Sky News reported.

London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports were all operating normally as of 9:17 a.m. in the capital.

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