Heavy snow on way as Met Office warns to expect disruption

Temperatures will plummet over the first weekend of February and much of the UK is prepared for a wintry chill.

The mercury can freeze in some areas, while heavy snowfall can significantly disrupt transportation and power supplies.

For the next few days there will be weather warnings with a warning of snow and ice covering the entire length of the UK from noon on Saturday to Sunday midnight.

By next week, temperatures will struggle to get well above 0 ° C in places with some areas like the Pennines and the high parts of Scotland being several degrees below.

According to Steven Keates, forecaster for the Met Office, Birmingham will see lows of minus 2 ° C until Tuesday morning, while strong easterly winds will see it in places many degrees below freezing.

He said it was “really uncomfortable” to be outside, adding, “If you have to go outside, I think it takes a lot of shifts.”

Mr Keates said the south will see a “significant” drop in temperature on Saturday and Sunday, with some parts potentially seeing up to 5-10 cm of snow.

“I think there is enough snow forecast to potentially cause some disruption in the south east of England by Sunday and possibly early next week,” he said.

It comes when the first snowdrops of the season appear, often seen as the beginning of spring.

In the meantime, the environmental agency has set up almost 40 of its second most severe flood warnings, while it has issued more than 130 less severe flood warnings.


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