Freezing front could bring up to 5cm of snow to Northants tonight

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Northamptonshire tonight.
A yellow weather warning has been issued for Northamptonshire tonight.

A severe weather warning has been issued for Northamptonshire with sleet and “enough snow to cause problems” possible to fall in the county this evening.

The Met Office has issued a yellow snow warning for central and eastern parts of England, from around 8pm this evening (Wednesday, February 17).

Up to 5cm of snow could fall tonight in Northamptonshire.

Up to 5cm of snow could fall tonight in Northamptonshire.

It says rain is “likely to turn to sleet and snow in places during Wednesday night” which it says will gradually ease and clear away southeastwards on Thursday morning.

The Met Office says some places will see rain or sleet rather than snow, but said there could be local snow showers bringing between two and five centimetres of he white stuff.

Motorists are being warned to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings, as a yellow ice risk will also be in force from 8pm tonight.

The Met Office says: “As nearly always in such situations, the rain-snow balance will be a tricky one, influenced by how heavy the precipitation is (the heavier it is, the more likely that the rain will turn to snow).

“For this reason, across some parts of the area, the precipitation may stay as light rain, while other places may see enough snow to cause a few problems.”