Cold and snowy weekend ahead

Heavy snow affecting roads and pavements

17 December 2010 - Cold and snowy weather is forecast for the coming weekend with snow showers likely for many, and spells of more persistent snow across parts of southern Britain.

A band of snow is expected to affect parts of England and Wales overnight Friday and into Saturday, with the risk of significant snowfall in places, potentially leading to disruption to travel networks and sporting fixtures. There is the risk of further disruptive snow in parts of southern Britain on Sunday.

Elsewhere, snow showers are expected to continue across other parts of the UK, especially in eastern Scotland.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Frank Saunders said: "There is an ongoing risk of snow across the UK through the weekend, and we continue to keep a close eye on how the forecast develops through the weekend and will update our forecasts to focus on areas most at risk of the heaviest snowfall."

The public are advised to stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings on the web and television and should be prepared to change their weekend plans based on the weather forecast.

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Last updated: 18 April 2011