Ice warning in place as widespread showers and winds hit country

The UK is bracing itself for another cold snap with an ice warning now put in place in certain parts of the country.

A yellow warning is active in some parts of Scotland with wind causing problems for much of the rest of the UK.

The alert comes thank to an Icelandic blizzard, which could mean snow in some parts.

Met Office meteorologists have meanwhile warned motorists with strong gales hitting.

Those travelling on the M6, M1, M4 and M25 have been told to take care on Wednesday afternoon with “damaging winds” due to hit.

It will be mostly dry with clear spells in the evening, but there will be frequent wintry showers in western Scotland and isolated showers in Northern Ireland.

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Wales and western England will also be wet and windy.

Forecaster Clare Nasir said it will be unsettled – and stressed road users should be cautious. 

“Some nasty weather around today in the form of heavy rain and damaging gusts," she said.

“The Met Office has issued warnings for the rain and wind. There have already been problems on the roads and the bank of rain will stretch and move down towards the south and southeast.”

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Five flood warnings for some coastal areas in the South West and North East of England were issued by the Environment Agency.

More stormy weather is coming – and it will be joined by heavy rain and very low temperatures on election day on Thursday.

Forecaster Nicola Maxey said: "It's going to remain like this for most of the week.

"By polling day on Thursday we'll also have to contend with freezing temperatures and heavy rain.

"The good news is that that rain is expected to move quickly eastwards throughout the day.

"But it's highly likely that those heading out to cast their vote will get a pretty good soaking."

Met Office five day forecast


It will be mostly dry with clear spells in the evening although there will be frequent wintry showers in western Scotland and isolated showers in Northern Ireland, Wales and western England. After midnight light rain will spread into western areas, possibly turning to snow over hills. Breezy


It will be mostly cloudy in the morning with outbreaks of rain spreading. Eastern parts of England will be mainly dry in the early morning. Northern Scotland may remain largely dry all day. Snow is likely for a time over northern hills but may turn to rain later. Moderate southerly winds


It will be cloudy with showers for most, especially along North Sea coasts. Bright spells may develop at times in the south. Breezy.


On Saturday it will be bright with showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the west, some of which may be wintry. Strong south-westerly winds

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