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BBC Weather: Snow and cold temperatures to hit parts of UK

Wintry conditions are expected to move across the UK tonight, with forecasters predicting large parts of the country will experience snowfall on Saturday. For the majority of Scotland, parts of the North of England and Wales, a blast of Polar air is expected to strike bringing the worst of the conditions. The band of cold air is expected to hit the UK within hours as large swathes of the country wake up to wintry conditions on Saturday morning.

While Scotland is expected to have up to 13 inches of snow, northern parts of England could see snowfall reaching 7.8 inches (19.8cm).

Not only are forecasters predicting snowfall overnight but WX Charts predicting temperatures could fall to -10C (14F) in some areas of the UK.

While the snow is isolated to the North and Scotland, the sub-zero temperatures are widespread across the country and will struggle to hover above 2C (35.6F) throughout Saturday.

The snowfall will persist for most of Saturday according to the forecaster with levels remaining close to 11 inches (27.94cm) throughout the afternoon.

In separate graphs indicating the temperature throughout the day, it is not expected to rise much above 3C (37.4F) for much of the day.

In the evening, however, the mercury is expected to fall below freezing from 6pm on Saturday.

These temperatures are primarily focused in the South of England and Wales, although the rest of the UK will see figures remaining in the low single digits.

Although the temperatures will remain low, snow depth charts have stated the levels will gradually improve throughout the day on Saturday in Scotland and the North of England.

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Due to the poor conditions expected over the next few days, the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice until Sunday Morning.

The Met Office predicted from this evening onwards: “Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow across central and some southern areas will clear overnight, with clearing skies allowing a widespread frost, ice and patchy freezing fog.

“Further cloud and some sleet and snow into north-west Scotland later.

“Icy start, then some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud and fog slow to clear in the south.

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“Cloudier in north with occasional rain, and sleet in places at first.”

Further yellow weather warnings have also been issued for Scotland for Sunday and Monday due to heavy rain expected.

Looking ahead to the end of the month, the BBC did warn of more cold spells as we head into February.

They said: “For the end of January, the more progressive pattern with frequent Atlantic weather fronts is expected to continue.

“The jet stream will often be overhead, leading to temperatures being near or a bit above average, especially in the south.

“The fronts and nearby jet stream will make for a rather changeable weather pattern as lows move through quickly and brief ridges of high pressure drift in between them.

“These highs will bring some colder air and make for frosty nights at times.

“Heading later into January there is a growing risk of some of these cold snaps become more widespread and longed-lived.”

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