UK weather forecast – SNOW on the way as brutal Atlantic storms bring rain and 60mph gales

SNOW is on the way this week as brutal Atlantic storms blast Britain with rain and 60mph gales this weekend.

Weather forecasters are warning that there will be downpours in the west and south-west of England this evening as well as showers in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

During the day dry and cloudy weather will dominate for most, especially in the east, with some sunny patches.

But within hours rain will drive in from the West to create mixed, unsettled conditions.

“In the late afternoon, rain will affect Northern Ireland and westernmost parts of England, Wales and Scotland, some of which will be heavy,” Meteogroup said.

“Through the night, rain will spread eastwards, and will affect most areas by dawn.”

Weather charts by Ventusky show a risk of snow or wintry showers over parts of Scotland and northern England on Monday morning, and further spells later in the week.

Snow will mainly fall over northern halls, while elsewhere wind and rain will lash the UK.

Before that, winds are expected to reach 50-60mph this weekend as the wintry weather makes its return.

BBC Weather presenter Matt Taylor said: “A low-pressure system will bring some wetter and windier conditions.

“For most of you, it’ll be back down to where it should be for this time of year.”

With temperatures soaring towards the end of February, the bookies have opened the betting at 10/11 that next month goes down as a record-breaker.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “February’s scorching temperatures have forced us to slash odds on March breaking weather records.”

But forecasters say temperatures will actually be lower than average for March with intermittent showers typical for spring time.

Met Office meteorologist Luke told the Sun Online: “March will get off to an unsettled start with wet and windy weather this weekend.

“Winds could get up to 50-60mph, particularly in the north of the UK.

“The general forecast through the first half of the month will be changeable with wet and wind weather and cooler, brighter, showery interludes typical for this time of year.

“March should see temperatures slightly below average, which is 10-11C in the south and 8-9C in the north.

“The second half of March will bring some signs of dryer conditions and a return to slightly warmer weather.

“Northern parts however will still be on the unsettled side.

“Snow will be returning to the UK after the recent sunny weather but only over the hills and mountains in northern areas.”