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UK snow forecast: Three days of heavy snow loom as freezing Atlantic front moves south

Met Office weather: Early snow and Ice risk on Wednesday

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Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said that parts of the UK should expect “sizeable accumulations” of snow. He said: “By Thursday, the Atlantic will be starting to get involved again, with a weather front moving in from the west.

“As it bumps against the cold air, snow is likely across the higher ground in particular, for northern England and North Wales northwards.

“Much of that is likely to turn to rain later, but with colder air quickly making a comeback into Scotland, it may well be that any precipitation stays as snow, particularly on high ground, adding more to the already sizeable accumulations here.”

He added: “As we get to the end of the week, the colder air will quickly head south again.

“There’ll be the threat of further quite widespread sleet and snow showers, this time it’s likely to be the northwest seeing the bulk of those in strong, gusting westerly winds.”

Weather forecaster WXCharts has predicted approximately 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) of snow in parts of Scotland, while much of northern England is likely to see up to 2 inches (5cm) of snow on Friday.

There is likely to be up to 2-4 inches (5-10cm) of snow per hour in parts of northwest Scotland and 0.7 inches (2cm) per hour in parts of Ireland on Thursday, in a flurry that is set to continue into the end of the week.

This comes after the Met Office issued multiple yellow weather warnings for sleet and snow to hit the UK on Friday.

The warnings are set to impact parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, North West England and Yorkshire on Friday.

The severe weather conditions may lead to power outages and “isolated lightning strikes” the Met Office said.

It said: “Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

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“Some brief power outages are possible with a risk of isolated lightning strikes.”

It added: “Frequent wintry showers arriving from the west overnight Thursday into Friday are likely to lead to a fresh covering of snow for areas above 200m (mainly around 0.7-2 inches (2-5 cm), possibly as much as 4 inches (10 cm) over highest ground where showers are most frequent).

“Falling snow below this level may cause some temporary slushy accumulations which then may freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.

“These showers will turn increasingly to rain and sleet at lower levels through Friday morning, before steadily easing from the west through the afternoon ahead of an area of rain and milder conditions.”

Southern England should expect rain, with WXCharts forecasting up to 2mm per hour in Southampton, and up to 0.6mm per hour in London.

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