UK weather warning: Britain braces for 20 inches of snow THIS WEEKEND as storm intensifies

A horrific snowstorm with winds as high as 73mph will batter the country this weekend, prompting the Met Office to issue several weather warnings. A yellow warning for wind has been issued for the north of England from 3am until 6pm on Saturday. It warns that strong winds may cause travel disruption on the day with delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

But winds coming in from the northwest could exceed 73mph on Sunday, bringing with it snow that could reach as deep as 20 inches in places.

While the majority will hit Scotland, in the Highlands area, the north of England and parts of Wales will also see a scattering of snow.

Earlier in the week 19 inches of snow was forecast on Sunday, but updated satellite charts are forecasting even more.

The UK will continue to be hit by snow throughout the first half of next week as temperatures plummet below zero.

Wednesday will see the worst of the baltic conditions, with up to 20 inches of snow burying large parts of Scotland, particularly northern areas including Inverness.

This heavy snow will continue overnight into Thursday and for the following few days, with up to 17 inches blanketing Scotland by the end of next Sunday.

The will inevitably bring with it plummeting temperatures as the country braces itself for another huge winter freeze.

Sunday evening and into Monday morning will see the mercury plunge to as low as -5C in parts of Scotland and North East England, with temperatures also falling to -3 in Wales and close to freezing in London.

Temperatures are set to increase slightly for much of England on Tuesday, before plummeting once again just 24 hours later on Wednesday, where the mercury could dip below 5C.

Most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will also be battered by a ferocious storm next week, with Britain bracing themselves for a deluge of floods.

Weather maps show up to 30mm of rain will fall in northern England and Wales on Monday, but over the next 48 hours, these parts of the country could be battered by nearly 50mm of torrential rain, triggering huge flood fears.

The deluge of torrential rainfall is set to continue throughout the week and into next weekend, with areas around London expecting a huge 58mm of rain.

On Thursday, the Met Office warned of travel chaos, with ferocious winds and heavy rain making driving conditions difficult - while the north of the UK had already been hit by a flurry of snow.

Thunderstorms, high winds and even snow struck the country as bitter conditions take their grip on Britain.

Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir warned: “In the south, a shower of rain pushes in affecting the M5, M4, towards the M25 and eventually through evening time the M10.

“So, some moderate burst are likely here and waiting in the wings, one or two showers which could have a thundery element to them.”

Speaking at the start of this month, Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden warned of “widespread heavy snow” that will pave the way for an “exceptionally cold January”.

He added there would be a high probability snow will be an “ample feature pf the month for many parts of the country”.

Mr Madden said: “The next wintry blast will likely be driven by an easterly component with all the right ingredients for a troublesome cold spell with widespread heavy snow for many.

“This will pave the way for an exceptionally cold January, there are signs that snow will be an ample feature of the month for many parts of the country.

“With colder conditions forecast through the month there will be a risk of significant snowfall which could bring notable accumulations at times.”

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