The first snow weather warning of the season has been issued today – with the Met Office forecasting that wintery showers could be on the way later this week.
A yellow weather warning, meaning that snow showers are likely, is in place across Wales between midnight on Friday until 6pm on Saturday evening.
The Met Office says that while snow showers are expected to become “increasingly frequent” over norther Scotland late on Thursday, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England can also expect similar on Friday.
It is thought that 2-5cm of snow is likely for some parts, with the potential for 10-20cm over high ground – mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Conditions could also get icy, with the Met Office stating that there will “probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
As you may expect with such a weather warning, temperatures will also drop to a very cold 3C on Friday and lows of just 1C on Saturday.
The chief forecaster’s assessment adds: “During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances.
“On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area.”