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UK faces four days of snow, heavy rain and strong winds as cold snap hits

Brits could face four days of snow, heavy rain and winds as a cold snap sweeps across parts of the country.

The Met Office says there’s a risk of snow in northern parts of England, Scotland and over higher ground between Saturday and Tuesday.

There will also be strong winds and rain, with a forecaster describing the coming days as an “unsettled picture”.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice around parts of the UK tomorrow.

Forecasters have warned the snow will affect higher routes and lead to difficult driving conditions and longer journey times by road, bus and train.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey told Mirror Online: “We are in colder air so there’s always a chance rain showers could fall as snow, sleet or hail particularly in the north. It’s not unusual for this time of year.”

She said it “comes off the back of Storms Ciara and Dennis.”

A Met Office weather warning map for Saturday

Ms Maxey said: “The system crosses the UK overnight on Sunday into Monday, with wintry showers across the north – and there’s a chance of seeing some hail.”

She said higher ground above 300m was likely to be hit.

“On Monday it’s likely there will be up to 60mm of rain across areas that already have wet ground.

“There could be snow over higher ground as we go into Tuesday.

“We could see a bit of snow over higher ground on Saturday as well due to colder air. “

Snow is falling in parts of Wales
Snow could hit parts of the UK over the weekend (file photo)
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Snow will mainly be seen in the north and Scotland (file photo)
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Matthew Box, forecaster at the Met Office, earlier said: “We have strong wind warnings out for Friday in south east Scotland and north east England. They could hit 55mph to 65mph.

“There will also be widespread coastal gales across the north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“We could have blizzard conditions at a time if you’re stuck on the top of a mountain.”

Flood water surrounding Worcester city centre, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis yesterday
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The meteorologist predicted there could be 20cm of snowfall on the mountains of Scotland, Bristol Live reports, although patchy rain made it difficult to forecast.

Snow is already falling across parts of Snowdonia National Park and the hills in north and central Wales, according to radar images.

BBC senior forecaster Derek Brockway yesterday tweeted: “Sharp cold front and rain moving across the #UK this morning.

“Snow falling on the hills and mountains in #Wales. Drier, clearer weather over #Ireland with broken cloud, sunshine and scattered showers. Turning noticeably colder with a drop temperature and change in wind direction.”

The Met Office has confirmed February 2020 is officially the wettest for six years as flooded Britain looks set for more heavy rain amid fears water defences won’t hold.

Forecaster Craig Snell, speaking to the Mirror Online, earlier said this month’s average rainfall currently stands at 133mm across the whole UK, and that was last beaten in 2014 when it hit 168mm.

According to records, 1990 had the rainiest February with an average rainfall of 193mm, and while Mr Snell said this month is a long way off that, he wouldn’t be surprised if 2020 reached the top 10 over the next eight days.

“We are not too far away, we have got further heavy rain coming through over the next few days and the top 10 wettest [February] wouldn’t be a stretch, but we have got a long way to go to beat the record,” he said.  

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