A frontal system interacting with cold air across the UK will bring a risk of wintry weather further south over the next 24 hours or so, with rain, sleet and snow in the forecast for some parts and also a risk of ice.
A slow moving weather front brought gale force winds and outbreaks of heavy rain across western Scotland on Tuesday. Overnight there was some snow across parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland and this band of rain with some sleet and snow will continue to move southeastwards through Wednesday. A number of Yellow National Severe Weather Warnings are in place.
Through daylight hours, some sleet and snow may affect upland parts of northern England and Wales, but as we move into Wednesday night and early Thursday, there is an increasing risk of a mix of rain, sleet and snow further south too. This is likely to affect some low-lying areas in central and eastern England, with a slushy covering in places, while a few centimetres may accumulate over higher ground such as the Lincolnshire Wolds and Chiltern Hills. Clear skies will follow from the northwest, with some wintry showers and a risk of ice
In these finely-balanced rain-snow situations there is often quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding the main areas to be affected, as well as how much will fall as rain and how much as snow. These wintry conditions could bring localised disruption to travel, so it’s a good idea to stay in touch with the forecasts and warnings on our website.
The weather front will gradually ease away southeastwards on Thursday, and after a brief quieter and still cold interlude the weather is expected to become generally more unsettled, and much milder, especially in southern parts.