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UK weather forecast – Dreary cloud to engulf the WHOLE country today as Britain braces for huge 70mph storm this week

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DREARY cloud will sweep across Britain today as the country braces itself for a 70mph STORM later this week.
Skies will be blanketed with wall-to-wall cloud cover the length and breadth of the country on Wednesday, according to forecasts.
Ventusky The UK will be engulfed in cloud on Wednesday, with the above weather map showing low-hanging cloud at 3pm[/caption]
The three day forecast shows there is a large amount of rain on the way later this week
WX charts A zone of low pressure is forecast to sweep in from the West and is bringing gales of up to 70mph before the weekend[/caption]
And this could lead to outbreaks of rain especially in the North West and Scotland – and some of these could be wintry.
Thankfully, the blanketing effect of the cloud cover will see temperatures hit a more comfortable high-single-figures for much of the UK on Wednesday.
The latest forecast from Meteogroup UK said: “A bright start for many, although it will be wet in the far south-east and there will be wintry showers in western Scotland.
“Through the day, most will become cloudy and showers will become more extensive in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Central parts will be mostly dry and bright. A breezy day.”
For tonight, the forecast adds: “It will be a cloudy start for most with rain in the south, west and north-west.
“There may be a few clear spells initially in the north-east.
“However, through the night, most will become cloudy.
“Outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards through the night, affecting most parts. Moderate southerly winds.”

STORM’S BREWING
The dull, grey day comes ahead of storm that is set to batter Britain with 70mph gales and lashing rain.
A zone of low pressure from the Atlantic is sweeping brisk winds across the country from the west, bringing a week of nasty weather.
Forecasters have warned the rest of this week will be filled with unsettled weather.
A Met Office weather expert said: “Friday the storm will be at its peak as wind speeds reach 70mph in the most exposed parts of the west.
“And the weekend will get off to a dreary start.”
RETURN TO MILDER WINTER
Freezing fog and gales aside, temperatures have been returning to normal for February, with up to 11C expected in the South West, up to 9C in the South East and Midlands and 6C in Scotland.
Simon Partridge, from the Met Office, added: “It is definitely back on track in terms of temperature, where they should be for the time of year, back to a more traditional UK winter for at least a week.
“The rest of the week is just more unsettled weather.”
The warmer temperatures come after a low of -11.7C was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.
But while it was the coldest night of the year so far in England it was not as cold as parts of Scotland, where temperatures fell as low as minus 12.6C at Braemar in the Highlands.
VALENTINE’S DAY FREEZE
The warmer spell ahead won’t last for long, as forecasters warned Britain is set to be hit with a -16C Valentine’s freeze too cold for gritters and yet MORE heavy snow.
February 14 could be the coldest weather for NINE years as icy conditions return.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’ve got a lot more winter to get through.
“Most forecast models agree temperatures will dip again from around February 14 onwards.”
The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the half-term break from February 18.

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Forecasters warned that the Atlantic low pressure systems will track further to the south, bringing slightly wetter conditions across the UK.
The Met Office warned: “There is the possibility that frontal systems may bring wintry hazards, particularly if a more east or northeasterly flow develops.
“Temperatures overall around the average.”
They added: “We spent last week on the cold side of the jet stream. It’s going to be much milder this week as the jet stream moves north, driving wet and windy weather our way”.
Met Office Cloudy skies will affect all of the UK today – with the chance of wintry showers in the North West and Scotland, as the above picture for 3pm shows[/caption]
Met Office Temperatures for much of the country will thankfully hover around the high single-figure mark, as this map for 3pm today shows[/caption]
A dog walker endures misty conditions in Northampton yesterdayAlamy Live News

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UK weather forecast – Britain braces for freezing fog and ice winds today with SNOW on the way

BRITAIN will shiver in subzero temperatures and freezing fog today – with heavy snow on the way.
The UK is set to be blasted with icy weather in the south east and East Anglia this morning, before the “Beast from the East” brings more chills and the white stuff.
Today will be freezing in the south east – and the country is also braced for snow in coming weeks
Northern England and Scotland will be warmer today because cloud cover, but chilly enough to feel it.
The cloud is expected to be weakest over north-east England and south-east Scotland, where we will see icy conditions over night on Thursday.
These areas should expect frost and temperatures down to minus two early on Thursday and Friday morning.
According to the Met Office the temperature will then drop well below average in the last week of January, with snow beginning to fall at the end of next week.

The Beast from the East is predicted to return this year
A couple of centimetres of snow are expected in Scotland, Wales and the midlands on Friday January 18
The easterly wind will move snow to the southeast of England with 2cm expected in East AngliaAlamy Live News
Next Friday we can expect up to 5cm in North Wales and Scotland, and up to 1cm in the midlands.
After a more settled weekend, we are expecting a brutal final week of the month – with snow covering the whole of Northern Ireland and Scotland, and the very north of England on January 21.
But with the easterly wind, the snow will move to the southeast of England with 2cm expected in East Anglia and Greater London on January 22.
There will also be a couple of centimetres in Cornwall and Devon, northwest Wales and northwest Northern Ireland on the Tuesday.
Met Office spokesperson Dean Hall said: “It’s looking like from January 19 until the beginning of February the weather will be fairly unchangeable and unsettled, with rain and strong winds.
“Snow is expected in higher grounds and towards lower ground up north.
“But generally it will be dry and bright.
“The temperature is a on a downward trend towards some very cold weather towards the end of the month, bringing an enhanced chance of snow and frost.
“Cold spells will be interspersed with wetter and milder ones.
Stags in Glen Muick embrace the sub zero temperatures with ice and frostWENN
Snowy conditions in Glen Muick, AberdeenshireWENN
“There are indications of a very cold last week of January, starting at January 20-21.”
Tonight’s forecast is showing a North-South split – with frost developing in the South as northern parts stay insulated by the blanket of cloud.
Meteogroup forecasters added: “A cloudy night for most, although there will be clear spells in the south, leading to a frost in places.
“There will be patchy rain for Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and Northern Wales, mostly early on.
“There is a risk of mist and fog in the north, especially over hills. Gentle winds.”
But Brits have been warned to enjoy the settled weather while it lasts – ahead of the dreaded return of the “Beast from the East”.
Stormy weather including heavy snow and freezing temperatures are set to hit through March, Met Office weather forecasters.
The same UK weather warnings and patterns from last year that sparked the cold wave have been spotted again.
Winter at Newlands Corner near Guildford, SurreyAlamy
It said a sudden stratospheric warning had appeared during the Christmas period when there was a sharp increase in temperatures.
When this happens in the Arctic it can lead to a rush of cold air blowing eastwards across Europe in the next couple of weeks, bringing freezing temperatures to the continent.
An icy blast of freezing Siberian winds bringing frosty temperatures and heavy snow to most of the UK early last year is what caused the Beast from the East, a Met Office forecaster said.
However, the Met Office stressed some parts of Britain will see above average temperatures for January over the weekend.
Spokesman Grahame Madge said that another Beast from the East could not be ruled out, but the current forecast suggests there will be stable weather conditions.
He said: “Last year there was a classic set-up with the Beast from the East, there was an event in the Arctic – sudden stratospheric warming – where the stratosphere warms rapidly.
View from Devils Dyke after heavy snow fall across the Sussex Weald and the South Downs National ParkAlamy
Morning at the Waters Edge Country Park in winter, Barton-upon-Humber, North LincolnshireAlamy
“That triggers, generally, a change in the direction of winds across Europe at surface level. The upshot is that normally when this happens in the Arctic you get easterly winds and that’s what happened last year.
“But although that warming has happened in the Arctic already just prior to Christmas, we are not seeing any change in an easterly pattern.”
Mr Madge added that Britain would see above average temperatures at the weekend, but it is not possible to rule out a cold snap as many parts of Europe are facing “significant” chills and heavy snow.
He added: “There have been some parts of Europe that have experienced quite significant cold, heavier-than-average snow in countries like Austria and in northern and central Europe.
“It is possible we could still see this turn to a more easterly flow but if anything it looks as though we are in stable weather conditions.

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“We are looking at the next week or so, but we could see a change after that. But there is nothing in the next week or so that could indicate any change like the Beast from the East.
“We are not ruling out a return to cooler conditions, we would normally expect a cold spell or two during winter.
“It may happen, but there’s no signal of it happening in the models.”

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New Year’s Eve weather forecast – could rain spoil your fireworks and will you need a coat?

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BRITAIN is bracing itself for a three-month deep freeze in the New Year as forecasters warn that the Beast from the East is on its way.
But what’s the outlook for New Year’s Eve? Will rain dampen your celebrations? Here’s the latest weather report:
AP:Associated Press Thousands will watch the fireworks in London tomorrow night – but will they need to wrap-up warm?[/caption]
What’s the weather forecast for New Year’s Eve?
Revellers celebrating the turn of the New Year will want to wrap-up warm tomorrow night as parts of Britain could be hit by high winds.
Gusts of of up to 65mph are due in the west Highlands of Scotland, while rain is expected to lash northern England and freezing fog is forecast for the south as we move into the New Year.
However, overall, forecasters say most of the country will continue to enjoy balmy temperatures in double figures for the celebrations.
Those ringing in the New Year in London can expect to bask in 12 C tomorrow.
Met Office Tomorrow will be cloudy but mostly settled[/caption]
According to the Met Office, New Year’s Eve in the capital will be cloudy with patches of rain but brighter spells in the afternoon.
For those heading to the London Eye fireworks, AccuWeather meteorologists Kristina Pydynowski and Eric Leister wrote: “Those lucky enough to obtain a ticket or anyone viewing the display from a distance will not worry about needing an umbrella or heavy jacket.
“High pressure is expected to promote calm, dry weather throughout England on Monday evening. Low-hanging clouds may blanket London, and patchy fog can form if there are any breaks in the clouds earlier in the day or early evening.
“Between any fog and lack of wind to clear smoke, the fireworks display may not be as vibrant as many may hope.”
“Temperatures can be around 7 C (45 F) for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
In Newcastle, where hundreds of revellers are set to line the streets for the winter carnival and fireworks, temperatures are also set to be mild tomorrow – despite an increasing breeze. The Met Office said thermometers will reach 11C before freezing fog creeps in on New Year’s Day.
Rex Features People make an early start and enjoy the scenery at Arne in Dorset as much of the country has been experiencing mild weather[/caption]
In Scotland, revellers can expect “settled” weather this Hogmanay as thousands get set to descend on the streets of Edinburgh.
Met Office officials told how revellers may experience slight drizzles of rain but shouldn’t expect much more than breeze and mild temperatures.
Gregory Wolverson, of the Met Office, said: “The weather for this year’s Hogmanay celebrations is expected to be fairly settled; with it remaining mild for the time of year and mostly dry, although breezy at times.
“Tonight looks to be a nice evening for the Torchlight Procession with conditions staying mild, fairly breezy and perhaps just a few spots of drizzle.
“Hogmanay itself is also likely to be mostly dry, with a short period of light rain clearing up later in the evening, and mild for the time of year, but remember to bring some warm layers if you are outside all evening.

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“It will also be quite breezy during the afternoon and evening but the winds are expected to ease towards midnight.”
With fears another “Beast from the East” is on its way next year, Coral make it odds on at 4-5 that winter 2019 goes on to be the coldest on record.
Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “We didn’t get the White Christmas that many people were dreaming off but snow is on its way and we’ve slashed the odds on a White New Year.
“Edinburgh and Glasgow look the most likely to be bringing in the New Year with the white stuff but it’s a distinct possibility across England too.”

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UK weather forecast – Boxing Day to be unseasonably warm 11C with rays of sun and bright skies

BOXING Day will be unseasonably warm and even bring sunny spells and bright skies.
After one of the mildest Christmas Days on record, Brit are forecast warm weather with highs of 11C, and lows of 9C.
Brits will enjoy an unseasonably warm Boxing Day with highs of 11C
The day will start cloudy, with a Met Office forecaster predicting a “good deal of mist and murk” especially in the Scottish highlands, and hilly areas.
But the band of thicker cloud will move across the west overnight, bringing brighter skies on Boxing Day.
Temperatures will be at their highest in the west of the country.
But the south will also enjoy a balmy average of 10C on what has been an exceptionally mild festive season.
Brits are braced for sunny spells on Boxing Day just in time for the sales
Millions across the UK will enjoy balmy temperatures as they head out for the Boxing Day salesAlamy Live News
Despite a cloudy start, sun will peak through the mist on Boxing Day in the north
The south of England will be particularly clear and bright
The rest of the week is expected to be wet and windy at times in the north, and largely dry and cloudy in the south with more fog at times.
Friday will see thicker cloud and a return of winter winds.
This weekend is likely to see scattered showers in the midlands, and up to the Penines.
Swimmers braved icy waters for a Christmas dip – as much of the country was blighted by freezing fog.
Despite roads being busy, the RAC said on Monday conditions on Christmas Eve had been “pretty smooth” with no major problems reported.

Temperatures will hover around a balmy 10C in most places, with some in south west England enjoying a terrific 11C
dave Nelson 07973697602 Swimmers descend on Porthcawl beach for the annual Christmas Day swim[/caption]
SWNS:South West News Service Swimmers take to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park[/caption]
SWNS:South West News Service Festive fun for the crowds leaping into Sandford Park Lido in Cheltenham[/caption]
SWNS:South West News Service A Christmas smurfette joined in with the fun at the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon[/caption]
Main motorways did see some delays but traffic was generally good, despite an additional two-and-a-half million vehicles on the road.
A RAC spokesman said: “Some areas have been busy around town centres today due to last-minute shopping, but it’s mostly local congestion.”
Highways England lifted more than 200 miles of roadworks on the country’s motorways and major A-roads on Friday to ensure more than 97 per cent of its network is open.
As usual, there are no trains on Christmas Day and only a limited service will run on Boxing Day.
But some of Network Rail’s 330 Christmas engineering projects have already begun, forcing a number of lines to be closed.

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These include no services between London Victoria – the UK’s second busiest station – and Clapham Junction until January 2 due to track renewal.
Crossrail work means there are no trains operating to or from London Paddington on December 30, with a reduced service on December 27, 28, 29 and 31 which could cause problems for airline passengers using Heathrow Airport.

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Wednesday’s London weather forecast – another cloudy but dry day for London with the odd spot of drizzle

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IT’LL be another cloudy but dry across the capital, but western areas may see the very odd spot of drizzle.
Southeast regions have the chance a bit of sunshine after early fog patches clear.
London weather forecast for 6am on Wednesday December 26

London weather forecast for 12pm on Wednesday December 26

UK outlook for Thursday December 27 to Saturday December 29
On Thursday, it’ll be we and windy in the north but largely dry and cloudy the more south you go.
Temperatures will be mild but could get colder.
UK outlook for Friday December 28 to Wednesday January 23
On New Year’s Eve there’s a chance of rain in the north and dry weather in the south.
Any wet and windy weather over the first week of January is likely to be confined to the north.
Temperatures may be mild at first, but they’ll slowly drop across the south with an increased risk of frost.
The second week of January will probably be settled across the south with more changeable weather in the north.
By mid-January, there’s an increased likelihood of frost, fog and snow.
Wednesday’s temperatures for London

 

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Wednesday’s UK weather forecast – largely cloudy and dry for most as rain continues for western Scotland

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IT will be a largely cloudy and dry for most parts of the UK as rain continues in western Scotland.
Temperatures will continue to be mild.
UK weather forecast for 6am on Wednesday December 26

UK weather forecast for 3pm on Wednesday December 26

UK outlook for Thursday December 27 to Saturday December 29
On Thursday, it’ll be we and windy in the north but largely dry and cloudy the more south you go.
Temperatures will be mild but could get colder.
UK outlook for Friday December 28 to Wednesday January 23
On New Year’s Eve there’s a chance of rain in the north and dry weather in the south.
Any wet and windy weather over the first week of January is likely to be confined to the north.
Temperatures may be mild at first, but they’ll slowly drop across the south with an increased risk of frost.
The second week of January will probably be settled across the south with more changeable weather in the north.
By mid-January, there’s an increased likelihood of frost, fog and snow.

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UK weather forecast – Britain to bask in unseasonably warm weather on Christmas Eve today… and it looks set to last

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WEATHER watchers are in for a festive treat today as the recent heavy rainfall plaguing Britain will clear today – and it looks set to stay that way for Christmas Day.
There will also be above average temperatures for this time of year too – an added present for those hoping to make the most of December 25.
It will be a bright and clear day for many across the UK today, barring a few light scattered showersVentusky
The north will see the most sunshine especially in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire.
As for the south it won’t be quite as bright but will have highs of around 12C – three degrees above average.
Martin Bowles, a meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Christmas day itself won’t be as nice as Christmas Eve and will be largely cloudy.
“But there will be sunny spells. For the South, Kent has the largest chance of seeing blue skies, and East Anglia,  East Midlands and even north east Scotland will get a bit of sunshine.”
Christmas Eve is set to be a bright one for most of the country
Christmas Eve in the north will be a sunny and bright one, with highs of 12C
The midlands is set to bask in sunshine on Christmas Eve
The south won’t see as much of the sun, but will have highs of 12C
He added: “Broadly speaking it will be a very dry day with very little chance of rain.
“A bit of drizzle on the west coast of England and the Beacon Beacons but that’s about it.”
It comes after several days of unsettled and stormy weather put a dampener on festive preparations across the country.
Motorists had to battle standing water and flash floods – especially in the South West.

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Friday night saw 50mph gales and torrential rainy weather – as 2.8million extra cars hit the roads to make last-minute Christmas getaways.
Bookies even slashed the odds on it being the wettest December on record.
Ladbrokes had cut odds from 8/1 to just 3/1 earlier this week on 2018 having the rainiest December ever.

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UK weather forecast – Brits face soggy Sunday with MORE rain and 50mph gales hitting this weekend

BRITAIN faces a soggy Sunday with more showers pouring misery on those facing the Christmas getaway.
Last night saw 50mph gales and torrential rainy weather with more forecast by the end of the weekend.
Brits face a soggy Sunday pouring more Christmas misery
Intense downpours caused chaos during the Friday rush hour as wet and windy weather pushed in from the south west.
And while Saturday will start brighter, with sunny spots and light rain bothering Scotland, the next day will be a different story.
Sunday will see isolated showers hit the north in the morning, with thick clouds bringing rain across the country for the rest of the day.
It will clear in the evening, as clouds break up over the south west, according to the Met Office.
Strong winds and huge waves battering the breakwater and cast iron lighthouse in Newhaven harbour, East Sussex, on FridayAlamy Live News
A woman tries to keep dry in Preston, Lancashire, earlier this weekAlamy Live News
Heavy rain caused chaos for Christmas shoppers in Preston, Lancashire, on TuesdayAlamy Live News
It comes after a night of torrential rain, which sparked flooding in many places, with motorists warned to take care on the roads.
Around 2.8million people were expected to start making their Christmas journeys on what’s been dubbed “Frantic Friday”.
But Thames Valley Police have warned there are huge “lakes” on the roads in their region after heavy downpours on Thursday night.
They warned: “If a car is going too fast and hits one of these sheets of water, it will aquaplane and crash.
“Motorists should take heed of the conditions and slow down – it’s better to arrive late for Christmas than to not arrive at all because you’re in hospital or on a mortuary slab.”

The overall picture for the UK last night showed heavy downpours for much of the west of the country, including Wales and the Midlandsmet office
The north of England saw a bit more of a split picture with downpours in the west and clear skies in the eastmet office
met office Some of the worst of the weather was in Wales, the Midlands and the south west of the UK[/caption]

The south west has also been affected with the road from Totnes to Avonwick in Devon is blocked by floods at several places.
Trees have been blown down by the gales and where they have hit power lines, homes are blacked out.
Met Office meterologist Aidan McGivern said: “”Gusts will be 40mph or 50mph, and there’s a risk of even stronger winds across south western parts of Wales and the south west of England.
“That moves into central and northern parts of England into Friday evening, so if you’re travelling through rush hour and into the evening watch out for that.
“There’ll be some heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds associated with it as well.
“Elsewhere, showers continue to feed in across Scotland, Northern Ireland, a few more rattling through South Wales and the south west.
“Clear skies emerging elsewhere, most places staying up into the mid to high single figures overnight, but a touch of frost possible across the north of Scotland.”
For today, though, it’ll be a much better picture with a fine start and plenty of sunshine for most, he said.
Mr McGivern continued: “Sunshine across much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but we’ll see further showers coming into central and southern parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north west England.
“There’ll be one or two dotted elsewhere but for many it’s looking like a bright Saturday.”

More weather systems move in on Sunday and will bring more heavy rain for parts of Wales and the south west.
The rain’s set to spread into North Wales, the Midlands and the north of England as the day wears on.
It’ll be a blustery day in the south west with winds picking up, the forecaster said.
The rains come as bookies slashed the odds on it being the wettest December on record.
Ladbrokes have cut odds from 8/1 to just 3/1 on this being the wettest December ever.
Meanwhile, it’s just a 1/4 shot on any part of the UK seeing snow on Christmas Day.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Punters dreaming of a White Christmas may well get their wish, but not before seeing potentially record-breaking rainfall.”
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Those travelling on some of the country’s main roads and rail networks could face delays on Friday December 21.
Schools breaking up on Friday, December 21 – the closest end-of-term date to Christmas since 2012 – will trigger the most congested getaway rush for years, the RAC said.
“Frantic Friday” will see 19 million vehicles jam roads, the AA said, as commuters clash with school pick-ups and getaway traffic.

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UK weather forecast – Storm Deirdre whips Britain with snow, ice and freezing rain sparking ‘danger to life’ warning

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STORM Deirdre caused nightmare driving conditions and “multiple crashes” after battering Britain with 15 inches of snow, 80mph winds and freezing rain.
The Met Office has issued 14 weather warnings as forecasters warn of “danger to life” today.
Latest weather maps show UK being hit by 80mph winds and freezing rain
A “500 mile curtain of snow” is hitting the UK, with warnings for freezing rain issued for most of the country.
This morning, Police Scotland said there have already been several accidents on the M74, and warned motorists to avoid the “treacherous” A9.
The Met Office has issued multiple Amber weather warnings across most of Scotland, Northern and Central England for freezing rain – a rare phenomenon where ice sheets known as black ice instantly form on roads.
A fourth Amber warning for heavy snow and blizzards was also released yesterday for Scotland as areas barely reach temperatures past freezing
Stormy conditions will continue across the UK into Sunday morning

Police Scotland warning motorists to take extra care as freezing rain hits parts of Scotland creating treacherous driving conditions. There have been "multiple" crashes on the M74 between junction 15 Moffat and junction 17 Lockerbie. The A9 is also "treacherous"
— LBC Breaking (@lbcbreaking) December 15, 2018

Ten yellow warnings are also in place – forecasting snow, strong winds and heavy rain to hit most regions of Scotland, Wales and the Yorkshire and Humber area.
Up to 15 inches of snow is expected to fall on the highest peaks in Scotland, while eight inches will hit lower ground.
Met Office warnings remain in place until Sunday morning.
Superintendent Louise Blakelock, Deputy Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, said: “Following warnings issued by the Met Office, there is a high risk of disruption to road journeys in all areas of mainland Scotland.
“Freezing rain is highly unusual and is expected to result in the rapid development of widespread ice, which will lead to dangerous travelling conditions.
“Congestion caused by all vehicles may restrict the emergency services, recovery vehicles, gritters and snowploughs from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.

Most of the UK is covered by weather warnings
Rain and snow will sweep across the country
“Drivers of goods vehicles and buses should drive with extreme caution and be aware that you may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police.
“If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.
“Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”
Warnings for snow and ice have been released for the weekend
Conditions should improve later this morning – but drivers are being warned to take care on the roads
North News and Pictures Motorists navigate difficult driving conditions as snow and freezing rain falls in Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham[/caption]
Snow falls in the Scottish Borders as Storm Deirdre hit the British Isles bringing plunging temperatures and treacherous traffic conditions
Ireland’s meteorological service, Met Eireann, has also issued an orange warning for gusts of up to 80mph, naming an area of westwards-moving low pressure Storm Deirdre on Friday night.
Parts of England are in the grips of freezing temperatures, with max temperatures of 0.2C recorded in areas including Bingley in West Yorkshire and Pateley Bridge in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Temperatures in Cairngorm, about 1,245 metres above sea level in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, have also remained bitterly cold.
Records taken today shows temperatures of -6.4C, with gusts of 119mph – making it feel like -23C.
The bitterly cold weekend comes as sub-zero winds from Russia collide with a severe weather front heading east from the Atlantic.
Freezing rain has hit the central belt of the country, causing treacherous conditions on roads like the M62, the M6 and the M74.
Snow falls in the Scottish Borders, with up to 15 inches forecast

Northpix A snowplough on the A9 at Drumochter today[/caption]
Alamy Live News Snow falling in Stirling last night as temperatures struggled to reach above zero[/caption]
Amber weather warnings indicate a potential risk to life and property, and signal conditions that could cause travel delays, road and rail closures and interruption to power supplies.
The Met Office said the heaviest snow was expected in Scotland and northern England, with 1,500 gritters being deployed.
But forecasters have warned of flurries in the South too.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “The band of rain, sleet and snow is crossing the UK and it is bringing significant amounts of snow in parts of Scotland and northern England.”
He added patches of frost and fog would also continue to plague the UK.

A RARE PHENOMENON: WHAT IS FREEZING RAIN?

Freezing rain is a type of liquid precipitation that falls as a supercooled water droplet until it strikes a cold surface, at which point it freezes almost instantly.
It tends to start its life as snow, ice, sleet or hail, but passes through a layer of air that’s above 0 °C on the way down to the ground, melting into a liquid water droplet.
If these droplets then fall through a zone of sub-zero air just above the ground, they become supercooled.
When these supercooled droplets strike surfaces that are close to or below freezing, they freeze on impact forming a glaze of ice.
It’s common across parts of the USA, for example, for weather systems to produce a lot of freezing rain.
These are called ice storms, and if enough glaze collects on trees or power lines, the weight of the ice can cause them to break and collapse resulting in disruption on a large scale.
The glaze is also slippery, which makes driving and walking almost impossible.
The conditions needed for freezing rain to occur are quite specific and we don’t see them very often, making this phenomenon quite rare in the UK.
Source: Met Office

He explained: “As the worst of the wet weather – the freezing rain and snow – clears through this evening, the clearer sky will come in and it will probably be similarly cold in areas, about -3 and -4C.”
According to today’s amber warning, freezing rain is expected to see widespread ice, causing dangerous travelling conditions.
The black ice may form, while danger to life warnings have been issued due to possible slips and falls on icy surfaces.
Power and mobile phone coverage is also expected to be cut.

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Heavy snow and blizzards have been also been forecast for today and tomorrow.
The RAC is expecting breakdowns to soar above 7,000 per day while Network Rail has confirmed plans to use 34 de-icing trains in order to minimise disruption.
The cold snap will ease off by Monday although bookies have slashed the odds of a White Christmas to 2/7.

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UK weather forecast: Britain set to be battered by rain and strong winds as Atlantic blast strikes – how will YOU be affected?

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BRITAIN is braced for an Atlantic blast next week as strong winds and heavy rain blow in across the nation.
Milder air from the West will raise temperatures after a chilling week – but showers and howling gales will follow.
Graphic showing the downpours set to drench Britain next Tuesday as milder air rolls in from the AtlanticVentusky
The blustery blast comes after flood warnings were issued for the south coast of England earlier today.
Yellow weather warnings were put in place from Bournemouth to Plymouth, along with forecasts of hail storms.
Below freezing temperatures were recorded in south east England, in Oxfordshire, dipping to -6.7C.
And if the chill persists then 2018 could turn out to have the UK’s chilliest winter in eight years.

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Heavy rains will sweep across Britain on Tuesday next week
Western areas of the North of the UK will be particularly wet and windy
Whereas central and more easterly regions of the South will see the worst of the inclement weather
Wet and wild weather will follow the freeze gripping the nation this weekAlamy Live News
Powerful winds will whip the West of the UK midweekMet Office
PA:Press Association The UK is set to sit in a ‘battleground’ of snowy conditions in the coming weeks, forecasters say[/caption]
Meteorologists say a “battleground scenario” will play out over the next few weeks with snowfall coming and going until Christmas day.
The predictions give hope to Brits dreaming of a White Christmas this year.
Heavy snow dumps froze the northern parts of the UK this week with inches covering the hills of the Peak District in Derbyshire.
But now experts predict an unusually cold winter is brewing as the rain clouds leave.
London News Pictures A car drives past Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn that sits at 1732ft above sea level on the Pennine Way in North Yorkshire, in heavy snow[/caption]
Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist for the Weather Company, told The Sun Online: “We expect this winter to be different to the last seven milder winters we have had, with an increased risk for colder intrusions across the northern half of Europe and below normal temperatures through January and February.
“A cold start to next week is expected with temperatures slightly below normal for the time of year in an east/north-easterly breeze.
“It will turn more unsettled from the west on Tuesday after a frosty start.
“Low pressure will continue to dominate the weather for the remainder of the week with a windier and wetter outlook and temperatures lifting into double figures again (10/11C), slightly above normal for the time of year.”
Twitter/@Thoiban_M Parts of the UK were covered in snow this week and more is coming next week[/caption]
Rick Findler A dog walker trudging through a frozen Richmond park, southwest London, yesterday[/caption]
John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending, said snow will accompany the cold snap.
He told The Sun Online: “The weather next week remains on a ‘knife-edge’.
“Mild southwesterlies will try to remove cold northeasterlies. Where the two collide, something’s got to give.

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“It looks likely that as rain spreads across the UK from midweek, we could well see a period of snow. This is most likely across the hills of northern and eastern Britain, but there may be some to lower levels for a time.
“Milder weather will reach many southern areas by the end of the week, but further north it’s much less certain.
“We do think that next week’s ‘battleground’ scenario could recur several times in the weeks ahead, giving the potential for further snowfalls in the run-up to Christmas.”

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