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UK snow forecast: White stuff could cover ENTIRE country this weekend as Storm Arwen sparks danger to life warnings


THE entire country could be covered in snow this weekend – as a storm bringing massive 80mph wind gusts barrels towards the UK.

Brits have been warned to batten down the hatches as Storm Arwen blasts the country from Friday, sparking fears of debris will be sent flying and of huge travel delays.

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Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Almond, said that snow is possible everywhere over the weekend[/caption]

High winds associated with Storm Arwen are expected to cause some travel disruption and damage across the UK
Strong winds and rain will move south across the country, turning increasingly to hill snow in the north

The amber wind warning will last until Saturday, with Brits issued danger to life warnings and to expect damage to trees and buildings, public transport cancellations, road and bridge closures, power cuts and large waves.

And amid the chaotic weather, temperatures are set to plunge below zero – with forecasters predicting snow is possible across the country this weekend.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said that snow is possible everywhere over the weekend.

He said: ”Gusts of wind are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

“As well as strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers following turning increasingly to hill snow in the north. 

“This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost anywhere away from the far-south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills.”


Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow added: “Northern Scotland could see snow down to low levels, elsewhere it will mostly be on mountains and hills.

“Those coastal areas that stick out, being exposed in a northerly flow will be more likely to catch wintry flurries.

“But the air plunging down through the UK will be properly cold by Saturday and so there is the possibility of seeing snow flurries even temporary deposits further south as small features are pushed southwards. 

“There will also be sleet and hail, that kind of icy rain that should be snow but isn’t and is just grim and spiky. The Pennines and North York Moors should also get a covering.”

It comes after Brits enjoyed an unseasonably warm November – which is coming to an abrupt end. 

Netweather shows a 30 per cent chance of snow on Friday across the south of England followed by an 80 per cent chance on Saturday.

The amber weather warnings cover most of Scotland and Northern England tomorrow and Saturday, however, the rest of the country has still been warned to be on alert.

Yellow wind warnings are in place for most of the country, with the Met Office warning: “Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.”

Some damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.”

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.”

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Snow has fallen on the higher routes in Scotland this morning with more snow forecast for later this week[/caption]

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Traffic on the A939 today has been disrupted due to the snow[/caption]

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Netweather shows a 30 per cent chance of snow on Friday followed by an 80 per cent chance on Saturday[/caption]

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