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More snow forecast with cold snap predicted to last for several days

Written by on 05/12/2020

More snow is forecast to fall in parts of the UK this weekend, with the cold snap expected to last until Tuesday at least.

Sky News weather presenter Isabel Lang said southeast England, East Anglia, Lincolnshire and the east Midlands experienced an icy start on Saturday.

Wet and windy weather across central and western parts of England and Wales could turn to snow at times, she added.

That is most likely over hills, but is also possible at low levels across Wiltshire and Hampshire.

It is expected to be very cold between Saturday night and Sunday morning, with temperatures dropping to -10C (14F) in northern Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said there would be a “relatively widespread frost where we have clearer skies, particularly across parts of England and Wales, as well as further north in Scotland”.

Thursday into Friday was the coldest night of the winter so far, dipping to -9.6C (14.7F) at Altnaharra, Sutherland, in the Highlands.

“Thundersnow” was reported in Edinburgh, leading alarmed locals to call police, thinking they had heard explosions.

The phenomenon happens when thunder and lightning mix with a heavy snowstorm.

One person said it sounded like “a sonic boom”, while another said they were woken up by thunder claps in the middle of the night.

Others thought construction work had started early.

Heavy rain fell in parts of the South West and South Wales on Saturday morning.

The Environment Agency said four flood warnings were in place – two in Scarborough, one close to Stansted Airport, and another in Swanage.

The Met Office had two yellow weather warnings for rain on Saturday morning, with travel disruption predicted in an area including Marlborough, Salisbury and Southampton in the south of England.

The other warning covered an area of northeast Scotland including Inverness and Aberdeen.

Flooding and disruption to power supplies were also being predicted, but conditions should ease as the day goes on.

(c) Sky News 2020: More snow forecast with cold snap predicted to last for several days