The calm before the storm: Britain to enjoy a dry weekend as commuters brace for snow and ice from -10C Arctic blast
- A dry, calm weekend of weather will be offset by severe snowstorms and gale force winds in parts of country
- Alert for snow for all of Scotland and most of Northern Ireland has also been issued for Monday and Tuesday
- The Met Office has issued a yellow warning and said there could be public transport closures and power cuts
- Motorists are being urged to allocate more time to make their journeys as roads are expected to be iced over
A dry and calm weekend of weather in Britain will be offset by an icy arctic blast with blizzards and gale force winds expected to batter the country as temperatures plummet to -10C in some parts.
Up to four inches could fall over those two days, with forecasters warning of blizzards and frequent lightning strikes, which could cause power cuts and mass travel disruption.
Remote parts of Britain will be hit by freezing winds as temperatures could drop as low as -10C in Scotland and snow could even fall on higher grounds.
A woman was spotted pushing a pram on bitterly cold and frosty morning in Aberystwyth, Wales, on Thursday. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog, with very low visibility, for much of Wales
Fog was seen covering parts of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for large parts of the UK
The famous Harland and Wolff cranes peer through the fog as a walker makes his way across Cave Hill on Thursday in Belfast, Northern Ireland
People were seen walking in a park in Aberystwyth, Wales, with temperatures below freezing after a night of clear cloudless skies
A Met Office spokesperson said:'There could be power cuts and public transport delays come Monday and Tuesday.
'Mostly in the north, all of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland will bare the brunt of it.'
In a warning issued by the Met Office, commuters in Scotland and Northern Ireland were told to expect frequent and heavy hail from Monday evening, continuing for much of the day on Tuesday.
Travel delays on roads are also to be expected, with a small chance of cancellations to public transport. There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.
In addition some roads and pavements may become icy, increasing the chance of injuries from slips and falls.
The Met Office warning read: 'Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland. The largest accumulations of snow will be over high ground with over 10 cm building up above 200 metres.
'At low levels, accumulations of the order 2-5 cm will be more typical. Showers will also be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across northern and western Scotland.
'Here, there is potential for disruption to power supplies from frequent lightning strikes. Strong winds are also expected, with the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, particularly over high ground.
Almost the whole of Northern Ireland, and the west of England, including Liverpool, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Bristol and parts of Devon will also be affected by thick fog.
James Madden, a forecaster for Exacta Weather, warned that snow will hit 'northern and western areas' next week.
He said: 'We are currently in the calm before the storm, there are now strong signals for a potent wintry blast to arrive early next week.
'Westerly winds will clash with colder air to deliver widespread and heavy snow showers across some large swathes of the country.
'The snow will initially hit many northern and western areas and persist over several days, before impacting many other parts of the country at times during next week.
'We have to go back a few years to the last time we experienced anything of this potency, this is looking like becoming a notable and lengthy spell of widespread cold and snowy weather.'
Meanwhile, motorists have been advised to allocate more time for their journeys this evening.
A spokesman for the Met Office added: 'Patchy fog is expected to reform in places this evening and overnight. Slower journey times are possible and there is a chance of delays to flights.'
Dog walkers were seen enjoying a sunny but cold day on Weymouth beach, in Dorset, on Thursday morning as parts of the UK will be hit by thick cloudy fog today
A young woman walked her two dogs through the park in Aberystwyth and fog is set to continue to cover parts of south east Wales on Friday morning
People are being urged to enjoy their weekend while they can... as blizzards and gale force winds are set to cause havoc next week
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