Weather Warning: Blizzards To Blanket Britain

Heavy snowfall and icy storms are set to leave much of the country shivering during the next few days.

Snow has already started to fall in parts of Wales.

But forecasters are predicting the heaviest snowfall of the winter will hit large swathes of the UK on Friday.

Up to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall on higher ground, and between three and five inches on lower ground.

Train services are expected to be cancelled, and airports and schools to close.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the East Midlands, North West and South West England, Wales, the West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber.

It comes after a bitterly cold night for much of the UK, with temperatures over East Anglia dropping to -11C.

Further snow showers are expected on Saturday, particularly along eastern coastal areas, with lighter snow showers on Sunday in the Midlands and northwards.

Strong winds at times across the country will make it feel bitterly cold.

Sky News weather presenter, Jo Wheeler, said: “As evening approaches, temperatures will drop, fog thickening in the east and there’ll be a widespread frost.

“As the rain spreads across Wales and the South West, it will give significant snowfall, potentially up to 25cm over exposed uplands.

“There’ll also be strong winds, with gusts of between 50mph and 60mph which will give blizzard conditions for a while.

“All in all, the travel situation will be quite atrocious for tomorrow’s commute or school run.

“The snow will push eastwards during the day, and is expected to reach London around the middle of the day, and eastern coasts by evening.

“Behind the snow however, it will become milder, with rain showers following onto western coasts.”

The Highways Agency has warned motorists to check forecasts, allow extra time for their journeys and avoid any unnecessary travel.

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the agency’s national traffic operations centre, said: “During periods of severe weather we also suggest people consider whether their journey is essential. They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve.”

The freezing weather has already caused havoc on the roads, with the AA reporting about 1,000 breakdowns an hour.

In Norfolk, 93 schools remain closed due to the weather.