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BBC Weather: Temperatures set to drop as band of snow moves in

A slow-moving band of heavy snow and cold temperatures, coming in from the Arctic circle, is expected to sweep across Wales and southern England throughout the weekend, with a possibility it could stall over the West Midlands through the same period. Over coastal regions, one to three cm is more likely while the same areas may experience rain and sleet as well. It comes as new snow and ice warnings have been issued for swathes of the UK by the Met Office, with temperatures expected to plummet to -10C in some areas.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said cold air coming in from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it “a mix of wintry hazards across the UK”.

Mr Willington added: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of one to three cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.

“But snow outside of these areas is also a potential hazard.”

While some parts of the UK will see up to three cm, areas above 100m could see as much as 10cm of snow. 

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Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia could see as much as 15cm blanket the areas.

A yellow weather warning is in place today for Scotland, while another three warnings for snow and ice will kickstart on Sunday for the south of England and London.

The warning for snow and ice reads: “An area of rain will come across the west and southwest of the country on Sunday morning.

“This will fall onto cold surfaces with ice forming readily during Sunday morning.

“The rain will turn to snow readily on Sunday morning, with some places seeing small accumulations of one to three cm at low levels, but possibly three to seven cm over 100m.

“Higher ground such as Dartmoor and Exmoor are likely to see the largest accumulations with 10 to 15cm possible here.

“Once the main area of precipitation clears, wintry showers will feed in from the west maintaining the risk of icy stretches and more localised snow accumulations.”

Weather charts also show temperatures are expected to -2C in London and much of the south east through Sunday.

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Looking forward, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, Chris Tubbs said the weather will likely get much wetter from next week as the snow dissipates.

Mr Tubbs said: “Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings – especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.”

In addition to the snow, Brits are being urged to heed flood warnings over the next few days.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has warned of the possibility of more “challenges” in parts of England next week due to the surplus in rainfall.

On a visit to Northwich in Cheshire, which was badly affected by the recent floods, Mr Eustice said authorities were “watching closely” as water moves through the river system, including areas in Yorkshire such as along the River Don and parts of the River Aire.

The Environment Secretary said: “The thing that concerns us most is that late next week we are expecting more rainfall that falls on wet, soggy ground.

“It is possible that we therefore could have some additional challenges in a week’s time.”

The Environment Agency has warned of “exceptionally high river levels” following days of heavy downpours in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties and homes destroyed across the country.

There are 11 flood alerts in place for the Greater London area, while 186 alerts and warnings are in place for the rest of the country.

You can see if your area is affected here. 

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