The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow, covering most of Cumbria.

The yellow weather warning, the lowest that can be issued, comes into force at 5am on Wednesday morning lasting until 9pm on Thursday evening.

The Met Office has said there is a chance of a period of heavy snow across this region; should it occur it is likely to cause significant travel disruption.

They are predicting that: "An area of rain pushing north-eastwards is expected to increasingly fall as snow, at least for a time, as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern England.

"Heavier snowfall is more likely above 150 m, where 5-15 cm of snow may accumulate, and possibly as much as 30 cm of snow in a few locations.

"At lower levels 2-5 cm may accumulate but there remains a possibility that milder air makes more inroads, with the snow turning back to rain more widely, in this case snowfall would largely be restricted to the highest ground.

"A brief period of freezing rain, which would bring areas of ice, is possible in the western, especially south-western, part of the warning area on Wednesday morning."

What to expect:

  • There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel
  • There is a slight chance that some rural communities, mainly those at higher elevations, could become cut off
  • There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected