SNOW, ice and strong winds are set to batter the UK today with Brits braced for travel chaos as the weather takes a bitter turn.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow in the Midlands from Birmingham to Manchester and said there could be travel disruption in the morning.
A warning for snow and ice has also been put out for northern England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Forecasters warned that some roads and railways could be affected with longer journey times and there could be injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
High gusty winds of up to 60mph are also expected to hit southern England today and may cause some travel disruption.
Many parts of Scotland and northern England are expected to be hit by the colder weather conditions over the weekend with the worst of the snow affecting higher ground on Sunday.
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A jet stream from the Atlantic is driving the wintry weather causing problems for thousands.
While northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will get snow and ice across many parts, southern Wales and England will get blasted by strong winds.
In the South, there will be delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, and bus and train journeys could take longer.
The Met Office also warns of short-term power loss and for coastal areas to be affected by spray and large waves.
Elsewhere will be hit with snow and ice and the Met Office warns of travelling on icy roads and of injuries from slipping.
Met Office forecaster Jon Snow told Sun Online: “Temperatures may not reach higher than 10C in the south, and it will feel particularly cold in the north.”
A new weather front will start to move in on Monday night, according to Met Office’s meteorologist Sophie Yeomans.
Winds are due to pick up on Monday night as well, mainly around Northern Ireland and western Scotland with speeds mostly around 40-50mph at their peak.
Rain is also expected in those areas.
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SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS
Things are not going to improve as the Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland on Tuesday due to the gales which then covers most of England as well on Wednesday.
The gales are expected to cause disruption in those areas and a possibility of a danger to life due to flying debris as well as large waves.
Tuesday will be cold and rainy with severe gales on coastal areas and high grounds with speeds up to 75mph with Northern Ireland and the Republic the worst affected.
Those gale force winds and rain will continue as they move across England and Wales affecting most parts on Wednesday.
Once again gale force winds are expected with speeds of up to 75mph on coastal areas as well as the hills and high ground.
Elsewhere in central and southern England the picture will be slightly better – with sunny spells coupled with still “very strong” winds, forecasters say.
But it will feel colder across the whole country as Arctic air blasts in, sending temperatures tumbling to meagre highs of just 11C.
RISK OF SNOW NEXT WEEK
Beyond the weekend it looks as though it will remain unsettled for several days with the risk of some snow continuing.
Temperatures will drop as cold air from the North Pole floods into the UK over the weekend.
Meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “A very strong jet stream is over the Atlantic at the moment, it’s going to steer over the top of Britain over the weekend and that is usually the precursor to some very unsettled weather.
“Temperatures over the next few days will will be down a bit and it will be much colder by the weekend, this is due to Polar Maritime air reaching the UK.”
Long-range forecasters warn storms will herald the return of Arctic conditions with heavy snow possible by next weekend.
Scotland and northern England will be in the firing line for the worst of the weather although wintry flurries are possible as far south as London.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said wintry weather will crank up a notch from mid-month with heavy snow likely during the second half of March.
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He said: “We are looking at a significant snow risk over the next week and this could reach southern England and even the capital.
“From mid-March onwards there is the risk of a potent winter blast and this could bring some disruption with settling and drifting snow.
“While the heaviest snowfall will be over higher ground, we cannot rule out the possibility of this occurring at lower levels.”
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