UK weather forecasters warn mobile phones could lose reception as country hit with yellow warning ahead of ice, snow and lightning

MOBILE phone reception could be hit as wintry weather sweeps through the UK once more.

The Met Office have issued two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice as hail and snow showers batter the country and keep things chilly.

The weather warning runs until 3pm tomorrow for much of the UK, stating: "Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected."

This is due to icy winds drying moisture in the air onto power cables.

They can then break in the chilly weather and cause outages and loss of signal.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "Today we've got a very cold air mass across us that will feed in plenty of showers for the north west.

How can the weather affect your mobile phone coverage?

The Met Office explained how wintry weather can see you cut off from using your phone.

Bad weather can have a detrimental effect on mobile reception if it is very windy, there is heavy rain or thick snowfall.

This is due to icy winds drying moisture in the air onto power cables.

They can then break in the chilly weather and cause outages and loss of signal.

"Northern and western parts of the UK will bear the brunt of the showers falling pretty widely as snow even to the lower levels.

"The south and east are better sheltered from these showers but that's not to say they won't be affected.

"Overnight the showers may ease a little but still a chilly night.

"There will be a widespread frost and quite a permeating frost.

"We'll probably see some showers tomorrow, the wind will ease a little bit and we will see some more sunshine.

"Then we've got a narrow weather front pushing in from the west over night and into Monday and this is quite a squally front."

Parents hoping to make the most of the half term break will be left disappointed as heavy rain and snow gear up to batter Britain for nearly all of next week.

Brits are braced for travel chaos, with icy roads and strong winds set to bring traffic to a standstill in places.

The weekend is expected to start with frost and clear skies – but they will soon make way for torrential rain as a band of stormy weather blows in from the Atlantic.

As the front moves westward, icy arctic wind will race down to fill the gap from the north, bringing 5cm of snow in Scotland and freezing winds across Northern England.

A calm Monday will be followed by four days of heavy rain and bitter wind as the temperatures plunge towards freezing.

Met office weatherman Craig Snell said: "Unfortunately it's not shaping up to be a great half term.

"Most of us will see snow and rain, and there's going to be a lot of wind.

"It's going to feel very cold for all of us. Even if the temperatures don't hit freezing, the wind will make it feel like we're in the minuses.

"People need to be careful on the roads and make allowances for long journeys."

Public Health England forecasters have extended a cold weather health alert until Tuesday and today swathes of the country were hit by wind and even some snow.

Winds of around 45mph are also predicted to hit parts of the country in the coastal regions.

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