UK weather forecast – Flood alerts in London and Essex as three-day 15cm blast of snow sets up a bitterly cold weekend

A FREEZING front of Arctic air will blast Britain for the next two days, bringing with it 15 INCHES of snow, 60mm of torrential rain and flooding.

Scotland will get the heaviest snow – but sub-zero conditions will also hit northern England, with snowfall reaching Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.

According to BBC Weather, Londoners should also prepare for another weekend of light to moderate snow.

The Met Office has released Yellow Warnings for parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland – urging Brits to prepare for flooding and icy conditions.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Jon Rogers

    BATTLE OVER UK SKIES

    The UK's miserable weather conditions is being caused by a battle over dominance between two fronts.

    Forecasters warn that a Scandinavian cold front and wet weather from the Atlantic are battling for dominance in a fight which could be fuelled by the remnants of Storm Justine.

    A Met Office statement says: "A dense pool of cold air over Scandinavia is exerting a strong influence on the UK weather as weather systems from the Atlantic try to extend their influence."

  • Jon Rogers

    FEBRUARY LOOKING TO BE WETTEST ON RECORD – BOOKIES

    Coral has cut the odds on next month being the wettest February on record in the UK to 6-4 (from 3-1) as the latest forecasts all point to a wet start to the month.

    The firm is 1-2 that this winter ends as the coldest ever in the UK.

    “It is going to be a wet and windy start to the new month and as a result we have cut the odds on it ending as the wettest February since records began,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    "With temperatures likely to drop again, we remain odds-on for this winter to be the coldest on record," added Hill.

  • Jon Rogers

    RAIN TO DOMINATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY

    Rain is due to dominate across the UK for most of the day although conditions are set to get drier this afternoon.

    The latest forecast from The Weather Outlook predicts: "Thursday starts with rain in much of the north and east of the UK, but it is mostly dry in northern Scotland.

    "In northern England and southern Scotland there are outbreaks of sleet and snow in places, especially over the hills.

    "They continue for much of the day and give disruptive accumulations in places as they edge northwards."

    Conditions are expected to improve this afternoon and some parts of southern England could see sunny spells.

  • Jon Rogers

    FLOOD WARNINGS ACROSS ENGLAND

    There are currently 33 flood warnings in place across England this morning as torrential rain is due to batter the country.

    Brits in areas hit by downpours should expect delays and cancellations to public transport, and flooding to homes and businesses.

    In addition there are 139 flood alerts in place.

  • Jon Rogers

    NORTH-SOUTH TEMPERATURE SPLIT THIS MORNING

    There's a huge divide in temperatures across the UK this morning with a gulf between north and south.

    In a Twitter message the Met Office said: "Now that is quite a contrast! There is a 15C difference between parts of Scotland and southern England."

  • Jon Rogers

    MET OFFICE ISSUES WARNINGS FOR RAIN AND SNOW

    The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain and snow covering large parts of northern England and Scotland.

    Dozens of flood warnings and alerts are also in place across large parts of England with downpours set to lash the country today.

    Northern Ireland and parts of north-west England were due to be pummelled by more than an inch of rain, the Met Office warned.

    It also warned flooding around Liverpool and Manchester today could spark travel chaos for drivers and bus and rail users.

  • Abe Hawken

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    The Met Office added: "Most of Scotland cloudy with rain and hill snow.

    "Elsewhere, evening rain will be followed by clear spells and showers, some heavy in the southwest.

    "Becoming windy in the south."

  • Abe Hawken

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: "Cloudy with rain and hill snow for much of Scotland and northern England today.

    "Most other regions seeing some early rain before becoming drier later.

    "Rain then returns to Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England later. Mild in the south."

  • Abe Hawken

    SNOW WARNING

    Parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches (20cm) of snow in the next couple of days, while a band of heavy rain could also trigger flooding, forecasters said.

    Yellow weather warnings for “heavy snow” have been issued by the Met Office, covering much of Scotland and parts of northern England.

    Forecasters said snowy conditions could bring “significant” disruption to travel across central and northern Scotland, with a warning in place from 4am on Thursday until 9am on Friday.

  • Shayma Bakht

    MET OFFICE SHARES THE UK'S "WEATHER EXTREMES"

  • Shayma Bakht

    WET NIGHT FOR MOST

  • Shayma Bakht

    CLOSER LOOK: Met Office's rain, snow and flooding forecast

  • Shayma Bakht

    WHY IS THE WEATHER FREEZING IN PLACES AND MILD IN OTHERS?

    The weather will be extremely temperamental for the next few weeks.

    Over the next two days, places in the UK will experience over 15 inches of snowfall – but some places will also feel warm.

    The PA reports that temperatures will increase in some areas because milder air is moving from the Atlantic, causing a "battleground" as it combines with colder air in the north.

    In fact, parts of southern England and Wales could see "spring-like" weather, with temperatures rising as high as 14C (57F).

    This comes soon after large parts of the UK were blanketed in snow last weekend.

  • Shayma Bakht

    LONDON "MILD FOR JANUARY" TOMORROW

    It is expected to be cloudy and wet with rain and drizzle at times in London, especially during the morning.

    More patchy rain or drizzle by the end of the day.

    Moderate westerly winds and very mild weather for January.

    Max temperature in the capital will be 11-14C (52-57F).

  • Shayma Bakht

    RAIN TO CLEAR FOR A DRY NIGHT

    Rain expected to settle in for the afternoon over much of the UK will likely clear for a dryer night.

    "Mostly light rain in the evening will move away eastwards to leave the rest of the night dry but largely cloudy," Met Office said.

    Winds would likely ease, and minimum temperatures would hover around 3C.

  • Shayma Bakht

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Tomorrow, the Met Office says the UK will be "mostly cloudy with some rain for many and snow over parts of Scotland and northern England."

    However, they say that "this snow is mainly on hills and inland. Cold in the north, southern UK milder."

  • Shayma Bakht

    TOMORROW – 4 YELLOW WARNINGS OF POTENTIAL FLOODS AND SNOW

    The Met Office has issued four yellow warnings across North Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern England.

    Heavy snow may lead to some travel disruption and heavy rainfall could result in flooding.

  • Shayma Bakht

    SNOW’S NOT OVER YET

    As the week comes towards an end, we can expect some rainfall – with the risk of flooding – as well as a continuation of that freezing weather from the previous weekend.

    Some areas will continue to see snowfall.

    The Met Office tweeted: “Heavy #rain and #snow is likely to bring some disruption over the next few days, especially across northern areas.

    “Severe weather warnings have been issued, with the possibility of significant snowfalls over the hills and #flooding in some places.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    FREEZING TEMPS IN NORTH, MILD IN THE SOUTH TONIGHT

  • Shayma Bakht

    IN PICS: Flooded fields of Cambridgeshire from today

  • Shayma Bakht

    RAIN AND SNOW TONIGHT

    This evening will be mostly wet and chilly across the UK.

    The Met Office says: "Early evening rain over Wales, southern England and parts of the Midlands and Northern Ireland spreading northwards and turning to hill snow over Scotland and northern England."

  • Alex Winter

    FORECASTERS WARN OF 'SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL' NEXT MONTH

    The Met Office has warned February could be very cold indeed.

    Their long-range weather forecast for February 10-24 says: "Current signals suggest that high pressure could be positioned over the north of the UK during this period.

    "This would likely bring wintry outbreaks and colder than average temperatures to northern areas, as well as increasing the likelihood of more widespread cold spells."

    And forecasters have warned of a "continued risk of significant snowfall events".

  • Alex Winter

    A MISTY DAY IN WALES

    People make the most of their daily exercise – despite heavy fog in Mumbles, near Swansea.

    The Welsh coastline was foggy earlier todayCredit: Alamy Live News
  • Alex Winter

    POLAR PLUNGE SENDS MERCURY CRASHING

    As well as plenty of snow, temperatures are expected to plunge in early February.

    In Scotland, it could be a bitterly cold -9C on Saturday, February 6.

    February is predicted to also start on a chilly note for the north-west – with temperatures of -3C hitting the Lake District.

    Liverpool and the Yorkshire Dales could be struck with -6C on Tuesday, February 9.

  • Alex Winter

    TWO FEET OF SNOW COULD FALL IN PARTS OF THE UK

    More on that grim forecast now.

    Overall, parts of Scotland can expect to be buried under snow if predictions are accurate.

    A foot-and-a-half would fall at first – but some areas could see almost two feet of the white stuff in total, it's feared.

    Models by WXCHARTS show the east of the country turning purple to signify deep snow.

    Meanwhile, Northumberland and Lancaster could see six inches (17cm) of snow on Wednesday, February 10.

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