Snow warning: “Large swaths of the UK” will be affected, says Bureau of Meteorology | UK News
Heavy snow, heavy rains and ice are expected to hit parts of the UK over the next few days.
The Met Office said heavy snow was expected to cover large parts of Wales, while small snow waves could hit London and parts of southeast England.
Yellow Ice Warning covers much of north-eastern England and large parts of Scotland until 11 a.m. Heavy rains are expected across Cornwall and much of Devon until 8 p.m., resulting in flood hazards and transport disruptions
The Environment Agency issued 69 flood warnings across England on Friday evening meaning immediate action was needed, and 231 warnings, meaning floods are possible.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxi said the torrential rain would be caused by a weather front moving from the southwest.
“From Friday evening, we have a series of air fronts that bring rain across Cornwall and a large part of Devon until tomorrow (Saturday),” she said.
“When this rain begins to move northward, it will combine with the already cold air over the UK, causing snowfall over most of Wales, where it can fall as much as 20 cm in the highest areas.
“During the weekend, large swathes of the UK will see some form of snow, with warnings in most parts of Scotland and the north-east of England.
“Even parts of London and the southeast should see small flurries, which is unlikely to stabilize.”
This comes after parts of Scotland covered 19 cm of snow in just 24 hours Thursday night, while areas in southwest England recorded nearly 30 mm of rain.
Snow and snow will spread to large parts of England and Wales between Monday and Wednesday, with warnings about road closures, power outages and the risk of injury due to snow.
Ms Maxi said the weekend will be very cold as well, with the highest temperatures reaching 6 ° C (43 ° F), along with frost in both mornings.
“As we move into next week, another front will move from the southwest with long periods of snow and ice over most of England, Wales and Scotland.
“It is expected to reach a height of 5 cm off the coast, which will reach heights of up to 15 cm in the highlands of Scotland and Wales.”
It warned drivers to prepare carefully for “dangerous” icy conditions.