UK snow latest: 19 INCHES of snow and vicious winds batter nation as flood warnings issued

The country is braced for fierce weather this month, with flood warnings from the Met Office currently in place. High winds are then expected to strike the country next week, with some parts of Britain even expected to see a large dumping of snow.

There are presently six flood warnings in place across the UK, with a further 23 flood alerts issued for England.

Previous heavy rainfall has led to the banks of the river Avon close to overflowing, with the ground underfoot saturated from the deluge of rain.

The Met Office has forecast a “fine” day for most of Britain but with rain to hit the south and south west of England this afternoon, risking the already saturated ground to flood.

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said this morning: “Lots of fine weather, best of the fine weather across eastern Scotland, southern Scotland and northern England and parts of northern Ireland.

“Further south, the cloud will be thicker and by the end of the day rain will fall in south Wales and the south and south west of England.”

He added it would be “a much brighter day for may places” compared to earlier in the week.

However despite the pleasant conditions for the coming days, weather maps from WXCharts indicate there will be ferocious winds next week, with the majority of country bearing the brunt of the fierce conditions.

The worst of the weather will strike next Thursday when winds speeds of up to 75mph will batter Britain.

Only some small parts of Scotland are set to be spared from the worst of the wind.

At the same time, parts of Scotland and the north of England will be blanketed by a deep coating of snow.

In the Scottish Highlands as much as 19 inches of snow can be expected to fall next week, with even low lying areas of the nation set to be sprinkled with a flurry of white.

The north of England too will see snow, with hilly areas to see up to three inches fall next Wednesday.

And while the worst of the snow will hit in eight days time, the Met Office has even forecast there could be some light snowfall this week.

The meteorologists have said high ground in the north will be hit by snow in the next 24 hours.

The weather organisation’s forecast for tomorrow reads: “Rain, with snow on northern hills, clearing eastwards, and winds easing.

“Brighter for many, but further rain affecting southern England

“Cold in the north and west; mild in the southeast.”

Temperatures for the month currently look to remain in single figures for most parts of the country.

However, Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this month being the coldest January on record with the bookies offering 2/1 odds.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: "It looks as though this month could be a record breaker on the weather front as we strap ourselves in for the coldest January ever."

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