Heavy snow is forecast to hit the UK following Storm Christoph bringing chaos and flooding to large swathes of the country.
Following rain and wind, plus a week of hazardous ice and freezing fog, a cold weather system is set to grip the nation. But where will the snow hit?
Snow is set to batter the UK over the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January, 2021Credit: PA:Press Association
Will it snow today?
The Met Office has laced four yellow warnings in place across the UK over the next 24 hours into Saturday (January 24, 2020).
The warning reads: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services with the potential for some roads to become blocked on higher level routes.”
According to the Met Office, the cold snap this weekend could bring up to 10cm of snow to hard-hit areas, with travel disruption expected.
Heavy snow showers are forecast in a matter of hours as temperatures fall to freezing and below for the entire country, following cold but bright conditions.
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said that Storm Christoph has been replaced by “colder air from Iceland and the Arctic” which will bring a “mix of wintry hazards” across the UK.
A -10C big freeze is set to take hold of the UK today
He said: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.
Cold, freezing showers will also affect parts of the north west of England with just over three inches (9cm) forecast by midnight.
The arctic blast will see sub-zero temperatures across the whole of the UK.
Bitterly cold lows of -8C will be felt in central areas of Scotland, -3C in the north of England, -2C in Wales and -1C in the South.
The spell of bitterly cold weather and wintry showers are set remain in place until at least Tuesday.
Four yellow weather warnings are in place across the UK this weekend
Where will snow settle?
Snow showers will hit central Scotland overnight, with froecasters predicting as much as up to 14 inches (36cm) could fall in the region.
The snow showers will become more widespread by mid-morning on Sunday as the cold-weather system pushes further south.
By Sunday (January 25, 2020), snow will hit southern parts of England and Wales, with just under three inches (7cm) of snow in western parts of Wales, and just under two inches (4cm) of snow in the south.
Show showers will push in a north easterly direction into Sunday evening and in the East Midlands up to three inches (8cm) is expected.
Met Office meterologist Mr Willington continued: “The exit of Storm Christoph – which brought the heavy rain to a central band of the UK – has established a flow of colder air from Iceland and the Arctic.
“And this is bringing a mix of wintry hazards across the UK.”