UK snow warning: Met Office issues new ‘blizzard’ alert – ferocious 70mph winds to strike

UK weather: Heavy bursts of rain and potential thunder expected

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The yellow weather warning applies through Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. 

The Met Office adds: “Showers, accompanied by strong winds, will become increasingly frequent and wintry through Tuesday at all levels, before dying away Wednesday morning.

“Below 100 m, accumulations are most likely to be temporary and slushy.

“Greater likelihood of more significant accumulations (2-5, and in places 10-15 cm) above 200m.

“In combination with winds gusting 50 to 60 mph, perhaps 70 mph on exposed summits, temporary blizzard conditions and some drifting of snow on higher level routes is likely.

“Gusts of around 70 mph on exposed coasts will generate some large waves and dangerous coastal conditions in a few places.”

The Met Office has also warned driving conditions will be difficult. 

Local transport routes are also expected to take longer than expected. 

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A warning has also been issued for coastal routes next week. 

The yellow weather warning comes as snow is expected to fall at the end of next week. 

According to graphs from WXCharts, up to 11cm of snow may fall in Wales next Friday.

A further 22cm of snow is expected across the Highlands of Scotland. 

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A further 7cm of snow is expected in Wales on Saturday morning. 

These snow levels are accompanied by low temperatures across the country with Scotland seeing the mercury plummet to -5C. 

Commenting on the forecast between January 5-14, the Met Office states: “A cold and frosty start to this period, before rain spreads from the west.

“This rain may be heavy at times and could be preceded by a short period of snow, mainly in northern areas.

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“Cloud and rain are likely to clear, leading to drier and brighter conditions further south and east.

“Generally windy for all, with the strongest winds accompanying the rain to the north and west.

“Overall, temperatures are expected to be near to or above average, although some temporary colder periods are likely.

“Through the later part of this period, a continuation of the rather changeable regime is expected with spells of wet and windy weather, however, interspersed by drier, brighter periods.”

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