Weather warning upgraded to 'amber'

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said a red warning, as issued during the last "Beast from the East", was "extremely unlikely".

Dr Thomas Waite, a consultant in health protection at PHE, said: "The weather has felt much milder for the last week or so but this weekend the forecasters tell us it will get much colder again".

Rather than blanket snow, cold winds from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe will bring lighter snow flurries across the east of the country. Mostly rain through the day and some snow over the hills of eastern Scotland.

Night-time temperatures as low as -4c will move in over the bank holiday, so take that into account if you're out celebrating late.

"Icy patches will form on untreated surfaces, pavements and cycle paths".

Commuters have also been warned as roads, buses and trains are likely to be affected. "Some injuries from slips and falls are possible on icy surfaces".

"This warning has been updated to slightly adjust the western boundary westwards".

How cold will it feel?

He said: "Another bout of very cold air is going to hit the United Kingdom".

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With snow forecast throughout the weekend, gritting teams will be working around the clock to treat roads and keep traffic moving on motorways and major A roads.

"Some accumulations of snow on high ground at first, but on lower levels later as well.

There is some uncertainty in how quickly rain will turn to snow across the south of this area, with a small chance that these parts may only see rain starting to turn to snow during the early hours of Saturday".

A Status Yellow alert for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan kicked in at 9am and will remain in place until midnight on Sunday - with more warnings set to follow.

"The problem will be Saturday night, Sunday morning but a lot of the activity will decrease then because it's a bank holiday weekend".

Hopefully, we'll be back to normal by Tuesday, as temperatures go back to the average we usually have in March.

The warning comes two weeks after the Beast from the East.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place throughout the day on Sunday covering the same areas and stretching to South West England and Wales, with 20cm of snow likely on higher ground.

Large swathes of northern and southern England have been placed under amber severe weather warnings for tomorrow with forecasters predicting up to 10cm of snow could fall as temperatures plummet.

  • Adam Floyd