Snow and icy patches forecast as heavy rain sweeps across UK

According to forecasters, “icy stretches” and snow could hit parts of the UK as heavy rains from the west sweep across the country over the weekend.

West Scotland, Northern Ireland, northwest England and North Wales could face frosty conditions caused by showers that are expected to last through Sunday morning, according to the Met Office.

Forecasters also warned of wet and windy conditions in other parts of the country on Saturday, with parts of the country set for “very volatile weather”.

Flood warnings have been issued across England and Wales as rising water levels threaten rivers to overflow.

The Environment Agency has issued 11 warnings in England for areas such as Bristol and Somerset and six in Wales, including the Upper Severn in Powys.

On Saturday night, temperatures in higher areas of Scotland could plummet to minus 4 ° C, but averages of 2 ° C are expected for most of the rest of the UK.

Met Office Meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey said, “At the moment there are no official ice warnings that we have issued, but we are generally sending a message that there is an isolated risk that wet surfaces along with these showers could result in icy stretches. “.

“This is mainly due to the showers that will pour into the west.”

In higher areas in Scotland, the Pennines and Snowdonia, there will likely also be some snow before the weekend is over.

Mr Vautrey said any ice would likely be melted away by Sunday morning when the showers should wear off.

“Most of the ice risk will have subsided before people get out,” he said.

Commuters will endure a “cloudy, drizzly” start of the week, however, with another rain forecast for most of the UK on Monday, he said.

The high pressure coming from the south on Wednesday will generally result in calmer weather from midweek, with dry conditions expected for most of the country.

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