Britain to be blanketed in 20cm of snow as wind warnings issued

Parts of the UK will be blanketed in snow as a cold front spreads across the country – as the UK is still reeling Storm Dennis.

Rain will move east across the UK along with showers this week, according to a Met Office forecast.

It will be heaviest across western and north-western areas, with hail and thunder possible.

Peaks in Snowdonia, the northern Pennines, and the Highlands will be hit by snow over the coming weekend.

The wintery conditions will be the most intense on Saturday, when snow could settle on hills as low as 200m in Scotland and northern England.

Matthew Box, forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We have strong wind warnings out for Friday in south-east Scotland and north-east England. They could hit 55mph to 65mph.

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"There will also be widespread coastal gales across the north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"We could have blizzard conditions at a time if you're stuck on the top of a mountain."

The meteorologist predicted there could be 20cm of snowfall on the mountains of Scotland, although patchy rain made it difficult to forecast.

Snow is already falling across parts of Snowdonia National Park and the hills in north and central Wales, according to radar images.

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Net Weather forecaster Jo Farrow has also warned cold air will sweep in from the Atlantic over the next couple of days.

“Overall the flow remains blustery from the west, with colder air curling round off the northern Atlantic," she said.

“It doesn't look as stormy but with the saturated ground, high river levels and existing flood problems any extra rainfall could cause issues.

“There will be strong winds as one low pressure deepens away to the NW between Iceland and NW Scotland later on Wednesday.

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“The fronts from this will bring rain across the UK and then another low pressure looks to affect northern areas by Friday.”

Temperatures will also plummet to -2C on Sunday in Scotland too.

The wintry weather comes as a threat of "significant flooding" remains in northern England, as heavy rain continues to fall on already flooded and saturated ground.

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