The UK has been battered by a series of weather systems in recent weeks bringing heavy rain and powerful gusts to the country thanks to Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and Storm Jorge. According to the latest weather charts, the unsettled conditions are expected to continue into next week with bitterly cold Arctic winds sinking southwards towards the UK.
The WxCharts also appear to show some parts of the country hit by snow, with some areas of Scotland, northern England and northern Wales at the highest risk.
The charts show air temperatures of around freezing moving southwards, before engulfing much of the country on Friday 13 March.
An alternate chart, which assesses the probability of snow hitting across the country, shows an increased risk of snowfall in Scotland, northwest England and northern Wales on the same date.
During this period, another temperature chart appears to show overnight conditions falling below freezing, and day temperatures reaching highs of 5C in the north of the UK and 8C in the south.
The Met Office has also warned that snow is possible over higher ground and in the north of the country this month.
Their long-range forecast for Wednesday, March 11, to Friday, March 20, warns of “potential for snow over higher ground in the north, interspersed with sunshine and showers”.
The forecast reads: “Tuesday should remain unsettled with a risk of coastal gales and further rain, particularly in the west where it could be heavy and persistent and times. Although, Scotland should see brighter, showery conditions.
“Looking ahead to Wednesday and Thursday, the UK is likely to see spells of rain interspersed by brighter and showery interludes, with the wettest of the weather in the west. It will often be windy with gales possible in the northwest.
“The rest of the period should continue the unsettled theme, with spells of wet and windy weather, and a potential for snow over higher ground in the north, interspersed with sunshine and showers.
“Temperatures are likely to be slightly below average to cold in the North, with occasional overnight frost.”
This weekend, the UK is bracing for strong gusts and heavy rains, with the Met Office issuing weather warnings.
Two yellow weather warnings are in place for rain in parts of northwest Scotland and southern Scotland.
Storm Ellen: Massive system CHURNING towards UK, severe wind alert [MAP]
UK storm: 50mph winds and heavy rain to smash UK this weekend [WARNING]
Met Office warnings: Week’s worth of rain to fall TODAY [FORECAST]
A potential for snow over higher ground in the north, interspersed with sunshine and showers
The warnings suggest that “heavy rain and some snow melt may lead to some travel disruption through Saturday”.
The Met Office adds flooding of a few homes and business is possible and flooding on roads could lead to longer journey times.
The warnings, which are in place for much of Saturday, warn: “Outbreaks of rain will become persistent and occasionally heavy through Saturday across much of Western Scotland and parts of Southern Scotland. 20-30mm will fall widely across the warning area in 15-18 hours with 50-70mm building up on some hills.
“This, in combination with a partial thaw of lying snow is likely to lead to some flooding in a few places.
“Rain will clear southeastwards through Saturday evening to be replaced by scattered showers.
“Strong to gale force southwesterly winds may also exacerbate tricky travel conditions.”
It comes as leading bookmakers have slashed odds on temperatures tumbling this weekend and on how powerful wind speeds will be.
Coral’s John Hill said: “The outlook for the weekend makes for grim reading.
“We have, therefore, slashed the odds on the wind speed reaching as high as 100mph in the mainland, while it is also odds-on for temperatures to drop to as low as -10C.”
Hill added: “After a record wet February, we have seen a flurry of bets for March to follow suit and receive a record amount of rainfall for the month.”
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