Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UK

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Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UK
Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UK

A terrifying low pressure system looming in the Atlantic is set to bring rain and snow to Britain's shores.

The UK is set to be battered by heavy rain and strong winds over the coming days, with gusts of more than 70mph set to batter the country.

On Saturday, millions of people face a washout over the day with rain set to fall practically everywhere in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, with showers falling in Scotland.

On Sunday, the rain in the south is joined by wintry showers bringing snow in northern parts of the UK, including Scotland, with several centimetres set to fall on Sunday morning, according to maps from WXCharts.

Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UK eideeidediqxzinvHeavy rain and some snow is destined for the UK this weekend (WXCHART)

There are currently 57 flood alerts in place for the UK with heavy rain on its way.

Gales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gustsGales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gusts

Two yellow warnings are also in place for the southwest of England and parts of Wales on Saturday between midnight and 9am.

The Met Office said: “Heavy rain is expected to cause some travel disruption and flooding on Saturday morning.

“Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.

Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UKWeather warnings for heavy rain are in place for Saturday (PA)

“Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.”

The indication is that it will get colder still by mid-January where there could be up to 25 centimetres falling in Scotland and flurry in northern England.

forecaster Darren Bett said: "We’ve got this strong and blustery wind, that’s going to feed in some sunshine but we are also going to find quite a few showers, some of those are going to be heavy and it is just about cold enough for a little bit of snow over the tops of the mountains."

His colleague Ben Rich added: “The week ahead does bring some slightly chillier weather at times but certainly nothing unusually cold for this time of year."

Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UKDriving conditions could be treacherous for some (PA)
Snow and rain to hit this weekend with low pressure system set to batter UKSnow is due to fall in Scotland on Sunday (PA)

Looking ahead, he said: "Our area of low pressure is likely to pass to the northwest of the UK as we move through Saturday night into Sunday.

"Lots of isobars squeezing together on this chart, that implies some quite strong and gusty winds and there will be frequent showers on Sunday, some heavy with hail and thunder. Perhaps wintry in the north because it will be a little chillier by this stage 7C to 9C but that is not unusual for this time of year."

It comes as a number of schoolchildren had to be rescued after a water main burst overnight and , leaving people trapped.

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About are at the scene in Blackheath, southeast London, after the alarm was raised at around 4am.

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