Heavy snow and severe cold warning as temperatures drop after torrential rains

Britons have been warned that the approaching cold poses a health risk to the elderly and vulnerable, as heavy snowfall is expected from Sunday until next week.

The Met Office said parts of the UK will have a 70 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions or heavy snow between 6pm on Sunday and 9am on Thursday.

Forecasters said northerly winds would improve from Sunday to Monday, bringing cooler air to much of the country and ending weeks of relatively warm weather.

Gritters will be around England amid snow and ice warnings (PA)

Gritters will be around England amid snow and ice warnings (PA)

“This will affect northern areas first on Sunday, before moving south to affect most areas on Monday,” the Met Office said.

Forecasters added: Showers will be more frequent in the western regions and less in the eastern regions, but by Monday, winter will gradually increase in all regions.

“Sometimes strong winds can exacerbate the cold,” the statement said. “These alerts may be updated on Monday as confidence grows on the timing of cold weather and areas to include.”

For severe cold weather, icy conditions, or heavy snow, the Met Office will trigger a yellow cold weather warning as soon as the risk rises to 60 percent or higher.

There are heavy rain warnings on Saturday - warning for Northern Ireland will remain until Sunday (Met Office)

There are heavy rain warnings on Saturday – warning for Northern Ireland will remain until Sunday (Met Office)

Warnings are in place for Wales and most parts of England until noon on Saturday as up to 70mm of rain is expected, risking flooding, in the northeast, northwest, southwest, Yorkshire and West Midlands. One more warning for Northern Ireland will remain in effect until Sunday.

While forecasters warn that bus and train services will likely be affected, fallout and flooding on the roads are likely to extend travel times. A total of 20mm to 30mm of rain is expected, with 40mm to 50mm on some hills.

The Met Office said areas like the Brecon Beacons will see some of the highest totals for Wales up to 70mm.

Snow covered parts of the UK in December and will now return (PA)

Snow covered parts of the UK in December and will now return (PA)

In the southwest of England, places like Exmoor and Dartmoor could see up to 50mm to 60mm.

Strong winds of 40-50 miles per hour and possibly 60 mph are expected on some exposed coasts in the south.

As of Friday evening, 80 flood warnings and 155 flood warnings have been issued.

MET OFFICE VIEW

Saturday

Cloud and rain clearing east for most, but continuing throughout Scotland’s far north. Frequent heavy showers affecting Scotland and Northern Ireland, isolated elsewhere. Severe storms later developed in the northwest. It’s colder than the north.

Saturday night

More torrential rain and snow on high ground, especially in the north and west. Some clear spells, most likely southeast. Windy and sometimes stormy.

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The downpour continues, falling as snow in the north, but has broken out into high places elsewhere. Probably some heyday in northern England and southern Scotland. It’s cold with the easing wind.

Monday to Wednesday Outlook

An area of ​​rain affecting southern counties early Monday. Apart from that, it is generally cold, with showers similar to winter in the north at the beginning, spreading south by the middle of the week. Widespread frost during the night

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