Four inches of snow and 75mph winds to lash UK in third weekend of weather hell

Britain is set to be savaged by ferocious rain and strong winds as stormy weather conditions batter the country for the third weekend in a row.

Forecasters have warned snowfall measuring up to four inches and wind gusts of 75mph could hit northern part of Scotland on Saturday.

The Met Office issued yellow warnings for rain, wind, snow and ice lasting until Monday.

Northern regions of the UK and the Highlands will be caught up in blizzards – and drivers are warned of difficult condition with icy patches on road.

There is a chance of further flooding in some areas and road travel is likely to be disrupted.

Britons are advised to check bus and train services before travel.


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Neil Armstrong, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "Another deep low-pressure system early next week provides a continuation of the extremely unsettled period the UK has endured.

"With further rain in the forecast over the coming days, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.

"Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility."

The wintry weather comes after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis wreaked havoc across the UK, sparking serious flooding over the northern regions and Wales.

The Environment Agency has issued 243 flood warnings and alerts as there is a chance of further flooding.

Scott Squires, duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: "As the flood waters recede and communities start to get back on their feet, we’ll continue to support local authorities and emergency service in these affected areas.

"Over the coming days our teams will be checking for any signs of damage to our flood defences, and removing blockages and debris which has built up in culverts and drainage grids etc."

UK five-day weather forecast

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Patchy rain clearing the south by midday then sunny spells developing before rain returns to the southwest by evening. Elsewhere sunshine and showers, frequent, blustery and wintry in the north. Windy all parts with gales in the north. Feeling colder.

Tonight

Northern half of Scotland remaining windy with wintry showers. Elsewhere rain, occasionally heavy, with hill snow in north spreading northeast by early morning. Becoming windy in south with coastal gales.

Sunday

Rain clearing all but southern England during the morning. Brighter elsewhere but wintry showers continuing across northern Scotland where it will remain windy. Winds easing in the south by afternoon.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

Windy with rain then showers on Monday, especially windy with hill snow for Scotland. Continuing windy and becoming colder through Tuesday and Wednesday with showers, wintry in the north.

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