Met Office warnings UPDATED as Storm Darcy gale force winds slam UK in freezing snow blast

UK snow forecast: Chart shows country hit by wintry conditions

Britain is facing four days of Met Office weather warnings as Storm Darcy batters the UK with heavy snow, rain and winds of up to 55mph. Swathes of the UK are under yellow alerts for snow and ice today, with an amber warning also in place for parts along the coast of the south-east of England. The orange warning has now been extended a little further across Norfolk with the end time extended until midday on Monday, the national forecaster said.

Parts of northern Ireland are facing potentially dangerous icy stretches today thanks to heavy rain, with a yellow warning in place from 8p tonight until 11am tomorrow.

The alert says: “Showers will continue to affect parts of Northern Ireland through Sunday night and into Monday leaving surfaces wet and allowing for icy stretches to form. Whilst showers will turn increasingly to snow later Sunday and into Monday only very small accumulations are expected with ice the main hazard.”

Into Monday, the region is also under a snow and ice warning from 5pm tomorrow until 11am on Tuesday.

The Met Office says: “Snow showers will affect southern parts of Northern Ireland through Monday afternoon and overnight into Tuesday. Some accumulations are likely, mainly over higher ground, with 1-3 cm in places. Surfaces are also likely to stay wet following daytime showers with icy stretches then forming overnight.”

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While in England, a yellow warning for snow and ice for Monday which covered a huge band of the eats of England and Scotland has been extended into Wednesday, “with ice dropped in favour of snow being the primary hazard”.

The warning, which has also been widened westwards across northern England, is in place from midnight tonight to 11.59pm on Wednesday evening.

The alert reads: “Snow showers will feed off the North Sea into many northern and eastern areas of the UK. Whilst some areas in the warning area will remain largely dry, some persistent bands of showers are likely to develop in places.

“Daily accumulations of 2 to 5 cm are probable for some, with 10 to 15 cm plausible in areas where showers merge into more organised and prolonged spells of snow.

“Some icy stretches are possible overnight, mainly where melting snow during the afternoon has not a chance to dry out before freezing overnight, although snow is likely to be more prevalent.”

While in the south east, a yellow alert for snow also remains in place. The MEt Office warns heavy snow could bring travel disruption today, with delays on road and rail possible.

The alert is in place until 6am on Monday and reads: “Rain will turn increasingly to snow during Saturday evening, with snow likely to become widespread, occasionally heavy and persistent by Sunday morning. There remains some uncertainty with the location of the heaviest snowfall and therefore the greatest disruption, most likely towards the east coast.

“Widespread accumulations of 1 to 3 cm are likely, with 5 to 10 cm possible in places. Over higher ground and across eastern areas, e.g. The Kent Downs, 15 to 20 cm is plausible. A brisk easterly wind, strong along eastern coasts, may add to travel disruption.”

Tonight, the Met Office warns persistent snow will continue across the southeast with a sharp frost expected across much of the UK.

Monday will continue to be very cold, with Storm Darcy’s freezing winds making it seem chillier than it really is.

The rest of the week is expected to also remain cold, with a significant wind chill and the possibility for more snow on the eastern coast.

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