UK to be blasted by snow, sleet and hail as yellow weather warnings issued
The UK is to be blasted with freezing weather conditions as a yellow weather warning is issued for snow, sleet and hail.
The Met Office is warning the wintry showers could lead to icy stretches, likely resulting in some travel disruption in parts.
Snow, sleet and hail
The yellow weather alert has been issued across the UK today (26 Feb), with the warning in place until 10am on Thursday (27 Feb).
The warning extends across parts of Scotland, North West and East England, East and West Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales and Yorkshire.
Wintry showers are expected to hit through Wednesday night into Thursday morning, especially over Northern Ireland and western Scotland, before developing more widely across parts of northern England, the north Midlands and north Wales.
Commuters are warned the unsettled conditions will leave surfaces wet and slippery, leading to icy stretches on untreated surfaces, and some road and railways are likely to be affected, with longer journey times expected.
Showers will fall as a mixture of hail, sleet and snow, with some areas expected to see between one and three cm of snow, mainly above 100m.
The long range forecast
Unsettled conditions are forecast for the rest of the week across the UK, with further spells of wind and rain, interspersed with brighter, showery interludes.
Wintry showers are possible further north, mainly over the hills, but could fall to lower levels.
The Met Office warns there will be an ongoing risk of gales and, should deep low pressure systems form, severe gales to storm force winds are possible.
Heading into next week, more wet and windy weather is likely, particularly in the north, before more settled conditions begin to develop from the south as the week progresses.
Temperatures are likely to vary between cold and mild, with snow likely to fall on higher ground in the north during any colder interludes.