A deepening Atlantic low pressure system passes to the north of Scotland today and it's associated cold front is currently sweeping south-eastwards introducing much colder air in from the northwest along with increasingly wintry showers. It is set to remain rather cold well into next week with further wintry showers at times, but there will be day-to-day variations in terms of where and what type of precipitation falls.
This morning is starting off cloudy and mild in many areas with outbreaks of rain pushing south-eastwards across England and Wales. However that colder air is already making itself felt across Scotland and Northern Ireland where heavy and increasingly wintry showers are also breaking out quite widely. The cloud, rain and milder temperatures will gradually clear away from much of England and Wales this morning, clearing the southeast by early afternoon, and then for many areas it will become sunny but colder. Showers will pack into the north and west though, especially across Scotland and Northern Ireland, and these will turn increasingly to snow, even to lower levels, and bring accumulations - please see our Weather Watch for more details on this. Temperatures for today will peak this morning with maximums of 8°C to 10°C towards the south and east but as conditions clear then they will drop throughout the day so that values are close to freezing in the north and west this afternoon. Winds will be an additional feature today too with strong to gale force west/north-westerly winds making it feel much colder.
It remains windy tonight and further sleet and snow showers will push in from the north and west with just about anywhere liable to catch at least a shower or two, but the heaviest and most frequent of the showers will always be towards northern and western Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England where several cm's of snow will accumulate in places bringing a risk of disruption. Temperatures falling down to or just below freezing will also mean that icy surfaces can be expected. Looking ahead to tomorrow and it will be another cold and windy day with a mixture of sunny spells and wintry showers in many areas, the showers tending to turn increasingly to rain as we draw in some slightly less cold air.
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