UK weather forecast LIVE – Met Office warnings over rain, snow and plunging temperatures lasting into next week

BRITS have been warned of "blizzard conditions" and plummeting temperatures across the UK this weekend.

Yellow and amber warnings are in place from today until Monday and are expected to wreak havoc.

The Met Office have also warned of "prolonged periods of snow" with up to 30cm of snowfall in the higher areas.

There are further warnings that the wild weather conditions could lead drivers stranded and cause power cuts in southern Scotland and northern England over the weekend.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Imogen Braddick

    'MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IN THREE YEARS'

    Meteorologist Steven Keates told The Sun: "This will be the most significant snowfall we have had all at once since the Beast from the East three years ago.

    "The blizzards will cause some quite significant travel issues and it is the amount of snow which could easily cut off isolated communities in Scotland.

    "Next week the snow risk will move southwards into northern England through Monday and Tuesday.

    "There will be a good covering of snow, especially on high ground.

    "Temperatures will drop all across the UK, not just in Scotland."

  • Imogen Braddick

    COLDEST FEBRUARY IN 10 YEARS?

    The Scandinavian blast comes as the UK gets set to endure what might be its coldest February in ten years.

    Bookmaker Coral puts odds on at 4-5 that this February is the coldest the UK has ever had, with many parts set for more snow.

    Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The amount of rain we have endured this winter seems scarcely believable and it's been so wet that we now make this winter odds on to go into the record books as the wettest ever in the UK.

    "Temperatures in the north of England and Scotland are remaining close to freezing and it is only 5-4 that this month is our coldest February of all time."

  • Imogen Braddick

    'BLIZZARD CONDITIONS'

    Some areas of Scotland could be cut off between midday on Friday until Saturday evening.

    The Met Office has warned parts of the country may see an additional foot-and-a-half of snow by the end of Saturday.

    Mark Sidaway, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: "Into the weekend, snow will continue across much of Scotland, and is likely to increasingly fall to low levels before beginning to move south into northern and eastern England.

    "We are likely to see some very large accumulations across higher parts of Scotland especially, with strong winds leading to significant drifting and blizzard conditions at times."

  • Imogen Braddick

    'DIFFICULT CONDITIONS'

    The view from a gritter driver's cab in Invergarry in Scotland amid yellow and amber weather warnings for snow.

  • Imogen Braddick

    FRIDAY FORECAST

    The Met Office said Friday morning will be wet across parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and much of Scotland and there will be further significant falls of snow over the hills there.

    It will be much milder further south, with a few sunny spells and a scattering of showers, forecasters said.

  • Imogen Braddick

    'HUGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW TO COME'

  • Imogen Braddick

    LATEST WEATHER WARNINGS

    Yellow weather warnings for heavy rain are in place today for Belfast, Middlesborough, Newcastle, and the surrounding areas near Leeds and York.

    And yellow and amber weather warnings are in place for snow in Scotland today.

  • Imogen Braddick

    WHEN WILL THE SNOW HIT?

    Snow is set to fall in London and the south of Britain on Saturday.

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice will cover much of England while Scotland has been issued an amber warning.

    London and the South East, the East Midlands, the North East, the North West and parts of the South West will all be affected from tomorrow.

    The Met office said there is a chance of travel delays on roads with some vehicles and passengers becoming stranded, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

  • Ben Hill

    BRRRRR-MINGHAM

    Birmingham faces lows of minus 2C by Tuesday morning, while a strong easterly wind will make it feel many degrees below freezing in some parts, according to Met Office forecaster Steven Keates.

    He said it will be "really unpleasant" to be outdoors, adding: "If you do have to go outside there are lots of layers required I think."

    Mr Keates said the south will see a "marked" drop in temperatures across Saturday and Sunday, with some parts possibly seeing as much as 5-10cm of snow.

    "Enough snow is on the cards I think to cause potentially quite a bit of disruption in the south east of England through Sunday, and potentially very early next week as well," he said.

  • Ben Hill

    BIG CHILL

    Temperatures are set to drop over the first February weekend, with much of the UK braced for a wintry chill.

    The mercury could plunge to freezing in some areas, while heavy snowfall may cause significant disruption to transport and power.

    Weather warnings are in place over the next few days, with a warning for snow and ice covering the length of Britain from midday on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

  • Ben Hill

    FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

    Tonight: Daytime showers will continue across England and Wales, with clear spells developing.

    Outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and northern England will continue before clearing overnight. Unsettled and overcast across Scotland with cloudy skies and outbreaks of snow which will be heavy at times.

    Tomorrow: Saturday will be overcast with further snow expected across Scotland with significant accumulations possible.

    Rain will fall increasingly as sleet and snow across southern Scotland and northern England. There will be scattered showers and outbreaks of rain across much of northern and eastern England.

  • Patrick Knox

    WINTER CHILL ON THE WAY FOR FIRST WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY

    Temperatures are set to drop over the first February weekend, with much of the UK braced for a wintry chill.

    The mercury could plunge to freezing in some areas, while heavy snowfall may cause significant disruption to transport and power.

    Weather warnings are in place over the next few days, with a warning for snow and ice covering the length of Britain from midday on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

    By next week, temperatures will be struggling to get much above 0C in quite a few places, with some areas such as the Pennines and high parts of Scotland seeing several degrees below that.

  • Patrick Knox

    WEATHER FORECAST

    Weekend weather forecast – Heavy snow to fall in London and south with severe weather warnings until next week

  • Patrick Knox

    OTTERS GET INTO SLEDGING

    Perfect otter-shaped incisions were seen amongst the thick layers of snow, suggesting an otter had been sliding around his riverside home to explore.

    This might even be better than spotting paw prints in the snow!

  • Sarah Grealish

    COLDEST FEBRUARY

    Bookmaker Coral puts odds on at 4-5 that this February is the coldest the UK has ever had, with many parts set for more snow.

    Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The amount of rain we have endured this winter seems scarcely believable and it's been so wet that we now make this winter odds on to go into the record books as the wettest ever in the UK.

    "Temperatures in the north of England and Scotland are remaining close to freezing and it is only 5-4 that this month is our coldest February of all time."

  • Sarah Grealish

    HEAVY SNOW FOR LONDON AND SOUTH

    Heavy snow will fall in London and the south of Britain on Saturday with a Yellow weather warning for snow and ice covering much of England

    London and the South East, the East Midlands, the North East, the North West and parts of the South West will all be affected from tomorrow.

    The MET office say there is a chance of travel delays on roads with some vehicles and passengers becoming stranded, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel

    There is also a chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

    Meanwhile the Met Office has warned parts of Scotland may see an additional foot-and-a-half of snow by the end of Saturday.

  • Patrick Knox

    BEAST FROM THE EAST

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: "We could see a drop of about 10C in widely expected daytime temperatures going into the weekend and next week.

    "Cold air will come in from the east over the weekend, which will bring temperatures down.

    "That doesn't take into account the wind chill, so those cold winds may make it feel much colder than temperatures."

  • Patrick Knox

    WEEKEND FORECAST

    Saturday: Cloudy on Saturday with spells of rain and scattered showers, these mostly in the north and east and will fall as snow across parts of Scotland and northern England. 

    Sunday: Cold and cloudy with snow spreading from the east and will be largely confined to eastern areas of Britain.

  • Patrick Knox

    TOMORROW’S FORECAST

    Day: Dull and cloudy with outbreaks of rain across Scotland which will fall as sleet and snow for northern and central areas. 

    There will be spots of mostly light rain across northern England and Northern Ireland. Bright spells further south however scattered showers will develop during the afternoon.

    Night: Daytime showers will continue across England and Wales and clear spells will develop. 

    Outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and northern England will continue before clearing overnight.

    Unsettled and overcast across Scotland with cloudy skies and outbreaks of snow which will be heavy at times.

  • Patrick Knox

    IS SPRING ANY NEAR SPRINGING?

    Well, the first snowdrops of the season have begun to emerge, often seen as the start of spring.

  • Patrick Knox

    NORTH EAST ENGLAND SEES FREAKISH RAINFALL LEVEL

    Up to 80mm of rain is expected to have fallen in isolated parts of the north-east of England by Saturday lunchtime – almost one-and-a-half times the volume expected in the region during the whole month of February.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT WAS THE COLDEST UK JANUARY EVER?

    The coldest January on record was 1963 with a mean temperature of minus 1.9C.

  • Patrick Knox

    JANUARY WAS COLDEST IN DECADE

    Last month was the coldest January for ten years, the Met Office said.

    It said that last month had an average temperature of 2.2C, making it the coldest across the UK since 2010 when the average UK January temperature was 0.9C.

  • Patrick Knox

    LOADS OF FLOOD WARNING AS WELL

    The Environment Agency currently has dozens of its second-most-severe flood warnings in place, along sections of river including the Thames, the Severn, and the Ouse, meaning flooding is expected.

    There are also more than 100 less-severe flood alerts in place, across almost every region of England, meaning flooding is possible.

  • Patrick Knox

    GLUT OF MET OFFICE YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS 

    They warn of snowfall across much of Scotland on Thursday, with further rainfall warnings across the north-east of England and Northern Ireland.

    A more severe amber snow warning is also in place for much of Scotland from the early hours of tomorrow until midday Saturday, with forecasters predicting as much as 50cm snowfall in the highest areas between now and Saturday evening.

    Further yellow weather warnings on Sunday cover much of Scotland and the east coast of England down as far as parts of Cambridgeshire and Essex, warning of the risk of some snow and ice into Monday.

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