Wintry and unsettled weather into the weekend

Gale force winds bring stormy seas

14 December 2011 - The prolonged period of unsettled and wintry weather for the UK is set to continue into the weekend.

Cold temperatures and rain showers will bring a risk of icy conditions across a large part of the country today and tomorrow, before a storm heads in tomorrow evening.

There is increasing confidence that this Atlantic storm will move along the south coast of England, bringing winds of up to 70mph in this area overnight into Friday.

However, there is still a small chance that the low will move further north, with the risk of strong winds affecting a larger area of the south of England.

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Heavy rain will also feature across the south of the UK as the storm passes through, bringing a risk of surface water flooding.

To the north of the storm, colder air will bring a risk of snow to Wales and parts of central England from the early hours of Friday morning.

The snow is likely to accumulate even at low levels with the risk of up to 10 cm lying over higher ground.

Colder than average temperatures will then carry on through Friday and the weekend, continuing the risk of icy conditions.

Anthony Astbury, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "The unsettled weather over the next few days could bring a range of hazards across the country, from snow and ice to heavy rain and strong winds.

"We're working closely with government agencies and the resilience community to keep them up to date with the latest information. We'd advise the public to regularly check our latest forecasts and warnings to stay up-to-date with the situation."

A wintry mix of weather for the UK
Anthony Astbury explains how we expect the weather to develop.

Wintry mix of weather for the UK Wintry mix of weather for the UK (PDF, 83 kB)

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Last updated: 5 April 2012