Snow to hit parts of the UK over the weekend as unseasonably mild October draws to a close

Matilda Long
The UK is set to see snow this weekend (Getty Images)
The UK is set to see snow this weekend (Getty Images)

Parts of Britain will see snow this weekend as the unusually balmy October draws to a close.

Winds will pick up and across the north of England and Scotland tomorrow, according to the Met Office, with the mercury dropping significantly on Friday and Saturday.

Some snow is expected in northern areas.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Laura Paterson, said: “It will feel very cold this weekend, with strong winds bringing heavy showers to many parts.

“Northern facing coastal areas will see the most frequent showers, whilst elsewhere will see more in the way of sunshine.

“These showers could contain hail, and turn to snow on the high ground, mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and perhaps northern England.”

Transport for Scotland’s Stein Connelly warned motorists to be aware of the possibly treacherous conditions.

He said: “Snow, sleet and ice look set to move into parts of Scotland at the end of this week, particularly over higher routes. Our operating companies have already started their winter services and will closely monitor the trunk road network, providing appropriate treatments where necessary.

“As always, we encourage motorists to plan their journeys ahead of time, follow police travel advice and drive to the conditions. Drivers can‎ use the Traffic Scotland mobile website to get the latest information on the trunk road network, as well as check tour twitter page for updates.”

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The Met Office also cautioned that speculation over the possibility of a ‘White Halloween’ is unreliable, saying that meteorologists cannot accurately predict exact weather systems more than a week in advance.

He said: “We can expect the weather to be unsettled as we move into early November, but it’s not a solid forecast.”