BBC WEATHER forecast snow to blast parts of the UK and temperatures to drop “widely below freezing”, as the Met Office issue an amber warning of rain.
Britain is set for plummeting temperatures as a deep freeze grips the nation, bringing frosty conditions for the weekend. BBC Weather forecast an area of low pressure to bring likely flooding to parts of the UK, with the Met Office issuing an amber warning across the East Midlands, North West England and Yorkshire and Humber. BBC Weather presenter Matt Taylor said: “But there’s one area of greatest concern, and if you just look at this chart here this area of low pressure, lots of rain clouds associated with low pressure.
“But this weather front is where the rain persists, and it’s across parts of northern England shown on the map here where we’ve got a Met Office amber warning in force.
“The heavy rain, over 100mm possible tomorrow morning and that could cause some flooding issues. Certainly flooding likely, lots of travel disruption later in the day.
“The rain has already set in there and will be stubborn to move too. Away from that there is some sunshine and the odd thundery shower towards southern areas, showers mainly across the east southern most counties.
“To the north of that rain band we’ve got some rain and also some hill snow across Scotland at the moment, that could cause one or two issues. But breaking into showers, showers Scotland and Northern Ireland, with some sunshine in-between through the day.
“Cold north-easterly wind though keeps temperatures only around 6C, 7C at best for some. A westerly wind towards the south, blustery towards the southern coast, some sunshine and some showers too.
“But let’s focus back on that wetter area because once the rain is with you, it’s already with you now this morning it’s going to persist all day long.”
Forecasting conditions for Thursday evening and into Friday, the BBC Weather host said: “So for the school pick-up still rainy across parts of northern Wales and this one through northern England, Trans Pennine route is going to be horrendous I expect as we head into the evening rush hour, flooding as I said likely for some and travel disruption to take us into the night.
“That rain will still persist across parts of northern England, north Midlands, as we go through the early hours. Slowly starting to turn a little bit lighter, patchier, and movie its way southwards.
“Some showers continue through the night, across the southernmost counties, in towards Kent and Sussex in particular. But with clear skies away from that it’s going to be a cold and for some a frosty start tomorrow.
“So a colder start tomorrow, more of you start the day dry with some sunshine, raining to begin with across parts of Lincolnshire, the East Midlands, that rain turns showery, pushes towards East Anglia, southeast later.
“But not as much as we saw throughout the night, many places actually getting through Friday afternoon dry, sunny, but particularly chilly. And a fairly chilly night will come.
“Temperatures lifting in Northern Ireland later as rain pushes its way in.”
Pointing towards a map showing temperatures dipping to -2C for parts of northern England over the early hours of Saturday, Mr Taylor added: “But the blue colours on the chart takes us into a frosty start to the weekend, temperatures away from the city centres widely below freezing.”
In its latest amber weather warning the Met Office warned of a “danger to life”, saying: “Heavy rain causing flooding and disruption. Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.
“Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life. Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.
“Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads. Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely.”