Met Office says snow will hit this week as Arctic air brings colder conditions to Britain
The UK is set to see snowfall this week as icy air from the Arctic blows across the country, while strong winds expected at the weekend could cause widespread travel disruption.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for strong winds in Scotland and Northern Ireland for Friday, extending to the rest of the UK on Saturday, which is likely to bring delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport services. There is also a slight chance that power outages may occur.
The Met Office said “prolonged periods” of snowfall are possible at higher elevations in parts of Scotland and northern England and Wales at the end of the week.
In parts of London and the South East, the mercury will drop as low as freezing overnight, while it is forecasted to remain around 6C (42.8F) during the day on Saturday.
“We’ve got an unsettled period of weather over the next few days, with wind warnings out for Scotland and Northern Ireland to begin with on Friday,” Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said.
He added: “This will extend to the whole of the UK apart from London and the South East on Saturday, with strong winds expected.
“There is an increasing signal of snow at higher elevations, indications suggest that areas above 200m in Scotland have the highest chance from Friday.
“There may well be temporary spells in other areas across northern England and Wales, in areas like the Pennines and Snowdonia, though this unlikely to be heavy enough to settle.”
Mr Madge said there was “no sign” of snow in lower areas in England and Wales, but added, “never say never”.
“Friday and Saturday, though bright and clear, will be quite cold with a chance of more prolonged periods of snow at higher levels, but we’re not anticipating anything at lower level,” he said.
Mr Madge added: “Though not exceptionally cold temperatures during the day, many places could drop to around freezing overnight.
“The coldest day temperatures for London and the South East will be around 6C on Saturday, though this isn’t particularly rare for the time of year.”