BBC Weather: Britain braced for 20cm of SNOW as Atlantic system strikes - Warnings issued

The Met Office has issued a snow warning for Britain as an area of low pressure from the Atlantic strengthens throughout the day. BBC Weather also forecast strong winds to blast across England and Wales, with gusts reaching 60mph. The Met Office issued yellow warnings of snow, rain and winds across Britain, saying: “A spell of rain and snow is expected, with disruptive snow mainly over higher ground. Some roads and railways affected with longer journey times. Heavy, persistent rain is expected to affect parts of Wales and northern England on Saturday, with the potential for some flooding.

“Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible.

“A spell of strong winds is expected to affect southern UK, the strongest winds adjacent to coasts in the west and south. Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.

“Delays to public transport are likely, with longer journey times for rail and bus services. Difficult driving conditions are possible, with delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges the main concern.”

Seven flood warnings have been issued for England by the Environment Agency, and two flood warnings have been issued for Wales by Natural Resources Wales.

BBC Weather presenter Matt Taylor said: “Not a great day to be on the move, we have got a few weather elements set to cause problems. Lots of snow at the moment across parts of Scotland for instance, heavy rain western parts of England and Wales.

“We will also see some very strong winds for England and Wales too. So let’s take a look at the details because it is this massive swath of cloud that has come up from the mid-Atlantic through the night.

“Underneath that a developing area of low pressure, developing in that it is getting stronger, the winds are getting stronger on the southern flank of it where we have got milder air.

“But notice on the northern edge of it we have got something colder, so best really to split the country into two for the forecast day.

“The rain and snow that we have got in northern England, that snow turning mainly back to rain, the snow leads off into some southern parts of Scotland into the afternoon as temperatures rise, but over the hills of Scotland could see as much as 10cm, maybe 20cm of snow and covering lower levels too.”

The BBC Weather host continued: “Brighter weather to the far north and west, Northern Ireland loses the persistent rain, back to showers and a few brighter spells later.

“But for today across England and Wales, persistent rain for northern England, north and west Wales, that could cause some minor flooding, 40mm to 70mm of rain possible.

“There will be some spots of rain and drizzle pushing through on the breeze elsewhere, but generally dry the further south and east you are.

“Staying cloudy but for England and Wales very strong winds, 40mph, 50mph, maybe 60mph gusts, little bit more around some of the hills and the coast, that will cause some travel problems, even some minor damage as well.

“But as I said it is to the south where you have got the mildest of the air, 10C to 12C, barely above freezing for some parts of Scotland, 4C or 5C in Northern Ireland this afternoon where we finish with some sunshine and showers.

“Elsewhere tonight well a band of heavy rain will sweep southwards through England and Wales to start with, gusty winds with that, snow clears away from Scotland and then it’s a story of patches of showers, some clear skies in-between and temperatures not a million miles from freezing as we start tomorrow morning.”

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