UK weather forecast: Coldest day of winter set to spark snow travel chaos across Britain

Tomorrow and Wednesday could be the coldest days of winter so far as the Met Office warned of snow hitting parts of London and the South East today. The weather is set to be truly unpredictable over the next few days as Met Office forecasters warn there could be snow flurries “anywhere” across the UK.

There is currently 60 per cent chance of snowfall in London with a 500-mile-wide jet of cold air from Greenland set to hit Britain, delivering gale-force winds.

Met Office forecaster Luke Miall has warned tomorrow will mark the coldest day of winter 2020 so far.

He said: “Tuesday and Wednesday will be the coldest spell we’ve seen this winter across all areas.

“Daytimes will feel close to freezing in strong winds.”

The forecaster has advised Britons to wrap up warm” as polar maritime air from the north-west is set to swarm through the entire country.

He added: “Snow showers could happen anywhere, with western areas at highest risk.

“The South-East’s higher ground might get a dusting on grass before melting.

“Snow is fairly possible on the South-West’s moors, and the North’s higher ground could see a couple of centimetres.

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“There are ice risks on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with damp surfaces and -4C lows in the North and zero in the South.”

He added: “There may be transient lower-level snow in North-West England and Scotland, with gusts up to 70mph in Scotland, 60mph in northern England and 45mph in the south.

“But Monday’s impacts are not the expected to be as high as Ciara and Dennis, and we are not planning to name this low pressure system as warnings are expected to stay yellow, not amber.”

The forecaster also warned that rain is “piling in to the west”, with at least 40mm expected to fall today.

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Following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, some regions have had double their average February rainfall already.

With yet more heavy rain set to lash the country, the government has issued 86 flood warnings.

The Met Office has weather warnings in place for snow, rain and floods across Scotland, while Wales braces for more rain in the wake of two weekends of torrential downpours and flooding.

However, the Met Office is not planning to name today’s storm, which is not predicted to be as severe as storms Ciara and Dennis.

On Sunday morning, the number of flood warnings in force in England increased to 86.

The flood warnings span the area from Dorset to Carlisle – along with 183 flood alerts.

The two remaining severe flood warnings on the River Lugg, in Herefordshire, were downgraded on Saturday.

However, In Wales, the number of flood warnings in force increased to 14 with a total of 28 alerts.

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