BBC Weather: UK set for thunderstorms and cold temperatures
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Weather forecasters expect conditions to remain unsettled this weekend, with cold temperatures, heavy rain, gales and even snow forecast across parts the UK. The latest weather charts pinpoint where exactly in the UK snow is likely to fall, with the worst of the wintry conditions expected overnight and early tomorrow morning. It comes after the UK was battered by powerful Atlantic systems this week, with wind speeds across some parts reaching over 70mph.
Snow risk charts by Netweather show there is a moderate risk of snow today, which is set to build by this evening.
One map, valid for 6pm tonight, shows Scotland and parts of northern England turn red – indicating a high snow risk.
The dark red and white colourings represent a risk of between 80-100 percent, while the yellow and green patches represent a more moderate risk of between 30-70 percent.
Parts of Wales are covered by an area of green, indicating a low snow risk.
By 3am on Saturday morning, the weather charts show the snow risk has increased substantially.
The map shows swathes of Northern England, Wales and western Scotland turn bright red, indicating a high chance of snowfall.
Parts of central England and the West Country have a minimal risk of snow, as shown by the pale blue colours, showing up to a 20 percent snow risk.
As 6am hits, almost the whole of the UK is covered by some form of snow risk.
Northern England, west Scotland and parts of Wales cover the highest snow risk, as shown by the red colouring, while other parts turn green with a more moderate risk of up to 60 percent.
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As the day goes on the risk of snow is confined to northern parts of the UK, and Wales.
By Sunday morning, only Scotland is shown to have a snow risk, according to the weather charts.
The Met Office forecasts some snow in northern parts tonight.
They said: “Showers in the west soon merging into longer spells of rain moving east overnight, with some snow over northern hills.
“Very windy in the far south-west. Frost in far north.”
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The forecasters also expect some flurries on Saturday morning, and added: “Early rain and hill snow over northern England soon clearing, then a rather cold and breezy day with sunny spells and scattered showers, wintry over some hills.”
BBC Weather forecasters also expect some snow to fall overnight.
They said: “Tonight, more persistent rain will push in from the west, spreading further east later.
“This will turn to snow on higher ground in the north, and heavy in places with a risk of gales in the south.”
Netweather’s weekend forecast states: “Rain clearing east from most areas by dawn on Saturday, but rain and hill snow lingering for a time across northern England and SE Scotland in the morning before clearing.
“Sunshine and showers following across most parts through Saturday, most of the showers in the west – with hail and some snow mixed across northern areas, fewer showers in the east where there will be longer sunny spells.
“Temperatures reaching 7-8C in the north, 9-10C in the south, dropping in any showers.”
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