The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for parts of England and Wales today (March 9) - though London is expected to avoid the worst of it. 

After some snowfall yesterday (March 8), the Met Office has said London is likely to experience heavy rain potentially turning into sleet and snow “for a time”.  

It is also expected that the weather will become “less cold but breezier through the afternoon with rain showers developing. Maximum temperature 6 °C.” 

Overnight, a minimum temperature of –1°C is predicted, with sunny spells and isolated snow showers tomorrow. 

An amber warning has however been issued for central and northern England, plus parts of Wales and the West Midlands, with 10-20cm of snow likely to fall across much of the area between the Peak District up to the North Pennines, and 30-40cm in some places. 

With much of England under a level three cold weather alert, Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health.  

“If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18°C if you can.’’