18/02/2012 08:09 GMT | Updated 18/02/2012 08:12 GMT

UK Weather Latest: Snow, High Winds And Rain Across Northern Parts Of Britain

UK weather is set to worsen with the Met Office forecasting a wintry weekend for much of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Severe weather warnings of snow have been issued for the north west of Scotland, and the most northerly parts of Wales. The snow is set to creep further east on Sunday delivering a shivery finish to the half term.

The severe conditions are expected to move in from around 9am until midnight, although northern parts of Scotland saw snow showers earlier.

High winds are sweeping across the north of Britain, reaching the south in downpour of squally rain, which will push eastwards. Further north, as fresh snowfall tails off, sunshine is expected.

Anybody planning a night on the tiles is urged to wrap up warm, as temperatures are likely to be sub-zero this evening, with icy patches on roads across the UK, especially in the north of England.

Stephen Davenport, a senior meteorologist with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "A blizzard is snow with winds of 25mph or more, and we are looking at 30mph-35mph in exposed areas and 50mph-60mph gusts. These will mainly affect Caithness and Sutherland and eastern Aberdeenshire.

The Brecon Beacons, Wales

By midday tomorrow, parts of north west Britain will be left with a brisk winter day, though the temperature's expected to drop, the mercury hovering around freezing for most of Scotland.

London and the south west is less likely to be affected by severe weather warnings. Though it will feel chillier tomorrow, it's a relatively balmy 10.5C in the capital on Saturday.

A dog plays in the snow in North Yorkshire

Coming into Monday, the weather will start to feel milder, with a bright and frosty start giving way to clouds and rain.

Police have asked motorists to be aware of the conditions and to check routes before setting off.

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