BBC Weather: Snow showers to move into UK as northerly winds push in freezing temperatures

BBC Weather: Kirkwood forecasts snow showers

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BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said snow could move to lower grounds as a northerly batters the north of the UK. Ms Kirkwood said temperatures will grow colder the closer we get to the weekend, with the risk of severe gales forcing the Met Office to issue a series of yellow weather warnings up until Saturday. She said: “Going to give you a heads up of what’s happening towards the end of this week and into the weekend.

“It’s going to be cold, there’s the risk of gales or severe gales. And some of us will see rain, sleet or snow.

“It’s been a cold night and you can see how through the course of today the blues move across the whole of the UK so it’s going to turn colder than it has been. It’s going to turn colder than it has been, some of us are starting with a touch of frost, some of us starting with some snow.

“These snow showers have been steadily growing through the course of the night across Scotland, dragged in on a cold northerly wind, and some of these will get down to lower levels for a time before they retreat back into the hills.

“If you’re anywhere a windward coast, that’s where you’re likely to see the showers.”

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Ms Kirkwood added: “They could be wintry at times in the North York Moors and also the hills in Northern Ireland.

“But for the bulk of the UK today, as well as being a cold day, it’s going to be a sunny one.

“It’s going to be crisp, it’s going to be dry and it will be quite pleasant actually for this time of year.”

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning active through Friday and Saturday across the north of England and the whole of Scotland.

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The warning reads: “Potential for a period of very strong winds to develop across northern Scotland on Friday afternoon then extends south during the evening.”

Locals have been warned to expect “some delays” to transport as well as potential damage to buildings and power cuts.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast for next week said: “Cloudy with some rain in the west, spreading eastwards on Monday.

“Some parts of the east possibly starting dry and frosty, with lighter winds than of late for a time. Staying cold with early and perhaps late frost in places.

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“Becoming largely unsettled through this period with rain and strong winds often moving in from the west or northwest.

“Some brighter and drier spells are likely, especially in the south and southeast.

“Windy with the risk of gales at times, especially in the north and northwest.

“Temperatures will be milder than of late in the south but remaining mostly rather cold in the north with a risk of hill snow as well as frost and ice.”

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