UP to four inches of snow will blanket northern England today as icy rain and sub-zero gales sweep through Britain.
A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office as the UK is plunged back into wintry conditions.
Snow will batter Scotland and the north of England today as an icy weather front sweeps in, with this map showing the scene at 10am[/caption]
A yellow weather warning is in place for southern Scotland and the north of England until 10am today[/caption]
Wind chill will see ‘feels-like’ temperatures plummet to below freezing this morning[/caption]
The alert, which lasts until 10am today, tells of mostly high ground in the north and north-west being affected by the white stuff.
Forecasters said: “A spell of sleet and snow is expected on Wednesday morning, mostly on high ground. 2-5 cm snow may accumulate above 200 metres, whilst 5-10 cm is possible above 400 metres in a few places.
“This may lead to tricky driving conditions and some disruption on higher routes.
“Any snow at lower levels looks less likely to settle on roads.
“Sleet and snow will mostly die out by late morning with a thaw then likely.”
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SNOW COULD HEAD SOUTH
Snow could even reach the south of England, experts say – as grey skies and arctic temperatures bite.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland and Scotland will bear the brunt of cold temperatures and fierce gusts and rainfall.
Meteorologists believe today will be the coldest day of the week.
Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending, told The Sun Online: “There will be some snow around the UK through this week as a late shot of Arctic air arrives and sits over us for a few days, only slowly warming out.
The cold air takes over and showers will become widespread and heavy across the UK
“A cold front will be clearing rain southeastwards across England and Wales.
“Beyond that, the cold air takes over and showers will become widespread and heavy across the UK.
“They will bring a mixture of rain, hail, sleet and snow. Some thunderstorms are likely in the mix.
“Snowflakes are possible… even for southern parts of England, but for most places this will be very temporary and will not settle.”
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The Met Office said: “The pressure pattern over the next few days looks like a washing machine, with low pressure swirling heavy showers across the UK.”
A weather front will push persistent rain in from the North Sea into parts of Scotland and northeast England.
There’s a chance of several inches of rain on the Grampians and northern Pennines.
Elsewhere there will be scattered wintry showers on Wednesday with some spring sunshine in between.
Temperatures look to be in the single digits for most places tomorrow, while Thursday and Friday should see a slight return to warmer weather.
Grey skies and icy rain will affect much of the country today, with this map showing the scene at 1pm today[/caption]
Arctic temperatures, represented in blue, will affect conditions across the UK today[/caption]
Snow showers first hit parts of the UK during the early hours of yesterday morning, like here in Alston, Cumbria[/caption]
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