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Snow, rain and sunshine forecast for mixed weekend weather

Published 20/02/2016

The sun rises over St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay, as people in different parts of the country are told to expect varying weather
The sun rises over St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay, as people in different parts of the country are told to expect varying weather

Britain will see all seasons in one weekend with heavy snow, torrential rain and sunshine forecast in different places.

Much of Scotland has been told to brace for sleet, snow and hail on Saturday and Sunday, while parts of north west England and north Wales could see nearly a month's rain fall in 36 hours.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for much of northern Scotland lasting from the early hours of Saturday until 11am on Sunday.

A yellow warning of persistent rain is in place for north Wales and north west England from midday on Saturday until midnight on Sunday, with up to 3.15ins (80mm) expected over the weekend.

Meanwhile the south of England could see temperatures climb as high as 14C on Sunday with sunny spells - although any fine weather is expected to be accompanied by gusty winds.

Despite the arrival of heavy rain the Environment Agency said there is a low risk of flooding for Wales, the North West, the Midlands and the North East.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "There is a three-way split for this weekend, with a band of localised heavy rain pushing across the central slice of the country through today.

"We have a warning for persistent rain in Wales and the north-west of England valid through today and tomorrow, with some parts looking at potentially three inches of rainfall through the weekend.

"The average rainfall for the month of February in Wales is around 3.5in (80mm), so it's almost a month of rain over two days.

"In Scotland it will be cold and we could see significant snowfall across the hills up to 20cm on the highest ground and there is another warning in place valid through until 11am on Sunday.

"The weather front is going be a big divide, with scope for brighter breaks in the south and temperatures into the low teens, as high as 14C in the South East on Sunday, but it's quite a blustery picture."

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