Parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches (20cm) of snow in the next couple of days, while a band of heavy rain could also trigger flooding, forecasters said. Yellow weather warnings for "heavy snow" have been issued by the Met Office, covering much of Scotland and parts of northern England. Forecasters said snowy conditions could bring "significant" disruption to travel across central and northern Scotland, with a warning in place from 4am on Thursday until 9am on Friday. Another warning of heavy snow for an area of England, covering north of Lancaster, west of Newcastle and running up to the Scottish border, is in place from 4am to 3pm on Thursday. Meanwhile, most of Northern Ireland and areas in north-west England could see flooding as 20-30mm of rainfall is predicted from Wednesday evening. A yellow warning of heavy rain over Northern Ireland is due to run up to 9am on Thursday, while another warning over Liverpool, Manchester, Stoke and Preston in England is in place for the whole day. People living in the affected areas should expect disruption to public transport, delays on the roads and some flooding of homes and businesses, the Met Office said. However, temperatures are set to increase in most areas as milder air moves in from the Atlantic, causing a "battleground" as it combines with colder air in the north. Parts of southern England and Wales could see "spring-like" weather, with temperatures rising as high as 14C (57F). It comes after large swathes of the UK were left blanketed in snow last weekend.