UK snow forecast: Maps show where weekend flurries will fall after Met Office warning

UK snow forecast: Maps show where weekend flurries will fall after Met Office warning

Snow will continue to fall across the UK on Saturday and Sunday as a freezing weather front from Greenland brings more chaos for millions of Brits, new maps show.

Parts on the UK woke up to 13cm of the white stuff with Scotland the worst hit, while people in western areas of Wales and northern England won’t escape the flurries this weekend.

On Friday, cars were abandoned and schools closed as conditions in Scotland quickly became treacherous.

More tricky travelling conditions are expected as the snow storms refuse to relent with several parts of England and Wales expected to be hit.

The Met Office warns thundersnow is also expected in some parts of Britain.

Heavy snow and ice cold downpours are predicted by weather officials on Saturday evening
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Maps from WXCharts saw a snowy Saturday morning for many and it will continue intermittently across the west coast of Britain.

On Saturday afternoon, snow storms will sweep across parts of England, including Whitehaven and Carlisle in Cumbria, westerly parts of North Wales such as Caernafon, Snowdonia National Park, sweeping as far south as Aberystwyth.

In Scotland a mixture of freezing rain and heavy snowfall will hit most places in the West from Dumfries to Inverness and Fort William.

Much of the west coasts in the UK will be hit by the cold weather early on Sunday morning
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By 3pm on Saturday, the rainfall will have pushed westwards into Europe, but the soggy conditions will linger in parts.

The frosty front won’t let up on Sunday as maps show that from 6am snow will move to more central parts of England including Leeds and Sheffield.

The showers will be heavier in northern parts across the Pennines and in Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow will be hit.

By Sunday afternoon snow will be isolated to the more rural parts of the Lake District and Edinburgh, while heavy rain will hit the western coasts of Scotland and Wales with Blackpool and Liverpool set for showers in England.

Warnings for ice have been issued following snowfalls which caused travel problems in parts of the UK.

Heavy falls affected the M77 and M74 in Scotland and caused the A66 trans-Pennine route between County Durham and Cumbria were shut on Friday.

The south of England and much of the Midlands was this morning battered by heavy rain.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “It has been a wintry 24 hours across a good chunk of the UK.

“During Saturday, England and Wales will be quite wet and windy.

Snow and freezing rain showers will continue into Sunday – here Scotland will see snow at midday
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“It will be a very unsettled day to come for some of us through Saturday.

“Sunday is looking drier and brighter, though there will be outbreaks of rain with the north-west of the UK most likely to see that.

“The South East will be the wettest on Saturday, so there will be a role reversal on Sunday. Temperatures will still be chilly, but not anywhere near as cold as it has been.”

The snow is expected to last for many until Sunday.

But the freezing weather could last for weeks, forecasters warn.

Stormy weather is also forecast for Saturday
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People in Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside, Yorkshire, West Midlands and Derbyshire were yesterday told to prepare for snow.

Nick Finnis, senior forecaster at Netweather.tv, says “unsettled” weather will be feature of the weekend.

He wrote on the website: “A wet morning for most on Saturday, as extensive outbreaks of rain spread east, the rain turning heavy as a cold front moves in from the west.

“Rain clearing Scotland through the morning to clear skies but with showers across the west, heavy rain clearing England and Wales through the afternoon to sunshine and showers from the west, though the rain perhaps not clearing SE England and East Anglia until late afternoon.

People sledge in the snow in Victoria Park in the West End of Glasgow
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“Less cold than today, temperatures reaching 6-9C in the north, 9-11C in the south. But it will be a windy day, making it feel colder than the actual temperatures suggest.”

Bookmaker Coral now has January at 6/4 to be the coldest on record.

Coral’s John Hill said: “We’ve enjoyed some unseasonable mild temperatures over the last few days but that is set to come to a crashing end later this week.

“With snow and freezing temperatures on their way, we have slashed the odds in half on this month ending as a record cold January.”

The Met Office added Brits in effected areas should expected “some icy patches forming on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”, which could cause an “increased likelihood of accidents or injuries”.

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