UK weather forecast: Snow, ice and rain to batter Brits in -9C weekend freeze

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Snow, ice and heavy rain are set to hit the UK during a bitterly cold weekend.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of icy conditions across most of England, Wales and parts of Scotland from Friday evening until Monday.

Britons have been warned to beware of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, dangerous driving conditions and delays to public transport.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet as low as -9C  in northern parts of the UK in the early hours of Saturday.

Snow may fall on Saturday over the Pennines, North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and parts of south-west England, which could see 2-5cm of snow, the Met Office said.

Up to 5cm of snow is forecast for parts of the UK on Saturday
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Patches of freezing fog and icy roads could also be a danger to motorists.

Areas in north-west Scotland may see localised flooding due to a heavy spell of rain set to move in on Sunday.

It comes after a spell of cold weather which has swept across the UK since the start of the new year.

Ice warnings in place for much of the UK on Saturday

A forecast on the Met Office website said that Saturday would see an "icy start, then some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud and fog slow to clear in south".

It added: "Cloudier in the north with occasional rain, and sleet in places at first."

It said Sunday would be "mostly dry in the south and gradually becoming less cold" and "unsettled in the north with rain and hill snow at times, heaviest in the west and gradually spreading south".

People doing their daily exercise during lockdown will have to wrap up warm
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Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said: "Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.

"In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions it's important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.

"Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey."

He also urged drivers to check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated and that windscreens are "completely cleared of ice and snow".

A salt spreader drives down the snow covered road in Midhopestones, Sheffield
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Sledgers have fun in the snow surrounding the Angel of the North near Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
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MET OFFICE OUTLOOK Saturday:

Icy start, then some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud and fog slow to clear in south.

Cloudier in north with occasional rain, and sleet in places at first.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Remaining mostly dry in the south and gradually becoming less cold.

Unsettled in the north with rain and hill snow at times, heaviest in the west and gradually spreading south.

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