Snow and ice weather warning extended into next week

Weather warning: Rain, sleet and snow on the cards for the weekend

Snow is also predicted, and on Saturday areas of the County Durham had already been coated. Drier intervals will develop for a time during the day.

Heavy rain is to first hit parts of the country on Saturday afternoon, before wintry weather affects the majority of Scotland at various times over the weekend. "Accumulations of 5 cm of snow are likely on ground above 250 m with 1-2 cm accumulating in places at low levels". Highest temperatures will range from 2°C to 6°C.

Larger amounts of snow are expected on higher ground, especially in Ulster and Connacht.

Temperatures will peak at around 3°C, before freezing in the early evening.

Monday will be cold, with highest temperatures of 4°C to 7°C.




Rain will spread from the west to the east. Snow and sleet will fall in many areas as temperatures will drop to -3 degrees. Overnight temperatures will be as low as -3°C to 0°C.

After overnight snowfall turned swathes of the country white, the United Kingdom was warned it faces this winter's coldest spell of weather yet in the north-east of Scotland, where temperatures are expected to plummet to -8C today.

Tuesday will have scattered showers and will continue to develop frost and ice into Wednesday morning.

Saturday is forecast to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and, although there will be drier intervals during the day, there will be a spell of persistent (and heavy) rain spreading from the west through the late afternoon and evening.

Thursday and Friday will both be cold with sunny spells and wintry showers.

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