SNOW warning issued as storms batter Britain – forecasts hint at white winter ahead

UK Weather: Met Office forecast ‘settled conditions’

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The Met Office said snowy weather could hit large parts of the country at the end of October. Forecasters say that, “as October falls into November”, there is likely to be “snowy weather in higher parts” of the UK.

A forecasting service spokesperson added: “Likely areas to be affected are the Scottish mountains as well as higher ground in northern England and northern Wales.

“Low areas are unlikely to see any. It’s quite normal for this time of year.”

Netweather’s long-range forecast for late October said there were hints the weather “may turn colder and more unsettled during this period”.

Low pressure is expected to be become “more dominant, and also a higher frequency of northerly and north-westerly winds” allowing for the potential for snow to fall. 


The Met Office, meanwhile, has warned heavy rain, storms and strong winds could bring flooding, travel disruption and power outages to parts of the UK this weekend. 

They have issued yellow weather warnings for the east and south of England and the northeast of Scotland, over Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland.

Wind speeds are expected to reach as high as 70mph in some parts, combined with 30-40mm of rain.

A spokesperson added: “60-70mph gusts would be enough to cause some problems, delays to transport, some short loss of power possible, could be some spray on the coasts.

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“Certainly for north east Scotland the winds are stronger, there’s more chance there of some branches coming off trees, if people have things out in the garden then bits will be blown around, but not quite enough to cause real structural damage.

“It’s mainly transport disruption.

“In north east Scotland flooding of some homes and buildings is possible and flooding of some roads and flooding in the odd bit of property as well across the Southeast.”

Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for some coastal areas on Saturday, effecting East Anglia, Essex, Kent, and the south coast over the Isle of Wight and as far west as Lyme Regis, from 1pm until 10pm.

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Gusts are predicted to reach 52mph on the Isle of Wight, 43mph in Norwich and 56mph in Ramsgate.

The Met Office is warning of some delays to road, rail, air and ferry services, delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges, power outages, and high waves and spray in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, heavy downpours are forecast over Orkney and Shetland from 4pm Saturday until 6am on Sunday, bringing some localised flooding and disruption to transport services.

Strong winds are expected over north Aberdeenshire and up to Orkney and Shetland from midnight on Saturday to 3pm on Sunday.

The Met Office is warning some flooding to businesses and homes is “likely”, along with transport delays and possible short-term loss of power and other services.

It is also likely that some exposed routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves.

Sunday will be brighter for most of the UK with some spots of sun, though heavy bursts of rain will continue throughout the day.

But the Met Office is predicting the possibility of more adverse conditions early next week.

The spokesperson added: “Certainly for England and Wales, Monday night and Tuesday morning there could be another spell of wet and windy weather.”

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