THE UK looks set for a weekend of snow and rain, with sub-zero temperatures forecast and flood warnings issued.

The Met Office warned there could be snow on the hills in Scotland today as the UK gets its first taste of winter weather.

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UK weather forecast – UK weather map showing the rain forecast over Friday, Saturday and Sunday

After some sunny conditions this week, Grahame Madge of the Met Office signalled it’s “all change” on the weather front.

He said: "People in Scotland may well see their first snow of the winter on Friday.

“But it will be a dusting on the distant hills, rather than a case of getting snow on your boots.

“Snowfall will be transient and may not even settle but what it does do is signal a change to Polar Maritime Air mass by the weekend.

“Across England and Wales, we are going to see a warm conveyor front, bringing constant rain to parts of the south west, Wales and the north west.

“Scotland is on the cold side of this front, so any precipitation you do see, will fall as snow.”

The Met Office has also issued "severe" yellow weather warnings for the north and southwest of England as well as the whole of Wales over Friday and Saturday.

The weather front will move at a snail's pace, bringing heavy rain and and strong winds along with it.

Luke Miall, a Met Office meteorologist, told The Sun Online: "We are expecting a period of heavy rain pushing from the south west as we through the day on Friday.

"It will turn quite heavy and persistent throughout the evening.

"The weather front that is responsible will be stay stationary in Wales and North West England.

"It will move very slowly and there is a lot of moisture and it will continue for the next couple of days."

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UK weather forecast – The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warnings for rain on Friday in Wales and north and southwest England
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UK weather forecast – The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warnings for rain on Saturday in Wales and north and southwest England
36-HOUR LASH

The weather warning for Friday is in place between noon until midnight and at the same time on Saturday as 100mm of rain could fall over that period.

Mr Miall said: "We are expecting at least 100mm of rain and that is quite a lot of rain to fall in a couple of days.

"There will be pretty strong winds. There will be coastal gales in parts of England and Wales on Friday.

"The strongest winds will be in the southern counties along the west. The focus will be on the rain and that will be the main impact."

Families planning to travel during half-term could also get caught out.

Mr Miall added: "For some places its half-term this week and so anybody that is travelling to and from Wales and the North West of England on Friday could get very stuck.


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"We can expect from surface water flooding to make for tricky travelling conditions."

The Met Office has added there is a chance homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

It added fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life and the some communities may get cut off by flooded roads.
RECORD COLD FEARS

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "We are likely to see snow coming down to the mountains, 400, 500 metres or so, accumulating through Friday and Saturday.

"The first significant widespread mountain snow of the season.

"There will be some sunshine in between the snow showers."

Weather forecasters fear Britain is about to be plunged into a miserable wet and snowy winter – the coldest in 30 years.

Exacta weather expert James Madden said: "October is now looking like it will turn out to be colder than average with more of a chance of something wintry setting in through the second half of the month.

"There is a strong chance of widespread frosts and the chance of snowfall which will set the scene for November.

"This will pave the way for what is shaping up to be a colder than average winter with some extreme cold weather events.

"While these could start to make an impact within the next few weeks they will be particularly troublesome from December onward.

"Snow events have been few and far between in recent years, but this winter is looking favourable to bring snow event after snow event as weather systems from the Atlantic clash with cold stagnated air over the UK."


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That could mean a bitterly cold spell to rival the freezing winter of 1963 – which is said to have been the coldest for 200 years.

Mike Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College, London told The Sunday Times last month: "This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.

"It would also rank January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years."

Temperatures are predicted to go as low as -14C, reminiscent of the "Beast from the East" which covered the UK in a blanket of snow in 2018.

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Thick mist blankets fields near Glastonbury in Somerset during a very chilly start to the day this week
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A snow blower in Nenthead, Cumbria clearing the roads in 2018 during the Beast from the East, which some say may be repeated this winter