BRITAIN will continue to shiver in icy conditions with high winds and more snow forecast for parts of the country, forecasters said.
Four inches of snow fell in parts of South Yorkshire last night, and winds of up to 60 miles per hour are due to hit the south coast tonight with more snow set to move in the early hours of tomorrow morning over Wales, the Midlands and possibly south east England.
Up to eight centimetres of snow could fall over high ground in Shropshire, mid Wales and parts of the West Midlands as heavy rain brought by a low pressure system turns to snow in the early hours of tomorrow.
Up to a centimetre of snow could fall by dawn over parts of south east England.
Paul Mott, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “We have got a deep low pressure system moving in from the west that is expected to track eastwards across the English Channel.
“The good news is that the strongest winds associated with this low pressure system will probably be over the English Channel and over France. There will be some gale force winds over France probably overnight.
“There will also be winds over the south coast of maybe up to 60 miles per hour.
“I think locally we could see up to eight centimetres of snow over some of the hills of Shropshire, across mid Wales and the far west of the Midlands.”
Temperatures are set to remain cold over the weekend with a range of between 3C and 6C during the day (between 37F and 43F) and at night there will be widespread frosts with temperatures plunging to between -1C and -4C (25F to 30F), forecasters said.
The Met Office also forecast colder-than-average temperatures through tomorrow and the weekend.
It has issued warnings of icy weather for the whole of the country for Saturday and Sunday, and conditions are only predicted to improve on Monday.
Chief forecaster Anthony Astbury said: “The unsettled weather over the next few days could bring a range of hazards across the country, from snow and ice to heavy rain and strong winds.
“We’re working closely with Government agencies and the resilience community to keep them up to date with the latest information.
“We’d advise the public to regularly check our latest forecasts and warnings to stay up-to-date with the situation.”
The country has been battered by weather for a week.
On Monday high winds and heavy rain hit England and Wales, with one man having a lucky escape when a tree smashed into his bedroom while he was asleep in Winchester, Hampshire.
Last Thursday a storm left thousands of homes without electricity and caused widespread school closures in Scotland.