BRITAIN is to see temperatures plummeting to -4C and up to 4cm of snow fall this weekend as Storm Erik brings in winter showers.
The Met Office has issued a number of warnings ahead of Storm Erik bringing possible flooding and travel chaos in 70mph winds and rain.
The Met Office is predicting “severe gales” first thing in the north on Saturday.
Showers will also hit western and norther parts.
Alex Deakin from the Met Office said: “Sunday will see outbreaks of rain across England and Wales, could see some snow for a time over the hills, especially over northern England and Wales.”
One of the rain warnings says: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.
“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”
Tragically the wintry weather cost a man his life, after 70mph gale winds blew a huge tree onto his car as he drove.
Witnesses rushed to lift heavy branches off two crushed cars in Buckfastleigh, Devon, this morning – as forecasters warn the chaotic weather brought by Storm Erik is set to worsen.
And this afternoon people were pulled from a submerged car after it came off a flooded road.
Two passersby raised the alarm and pulled the driver and passenger from the ford in St Clears, near Carmarthen.
Today will see wet and windy weather affecting the whole of the UK, with gales set to become severe, as Scottish hills and Welsh mountains see snowfall.
The wind will set in overnight with strong gales and heavy rain in the northwest, but with some clearer spells elsewhere.
From Sunday to Tuesday the UK will see more sunshine and showers, but the south is set for fairly persistent rain.
Wet and windy weather conditions are set to cause possible power cuts this weekend as coastal communities have been warned to be aware of large waves and spray.
It comes as the Met Office issued a weather warnings for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.
Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent warned the stormy weather will result in some “quite nasty travelling conditions”.
She said: “It’s going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.
“And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too, so there will be some quite nasty travelling conditions out there this morning.”
STRONG GALES FORECAST
The forecast has warned of powerful gusts of 50 to 60mph inland and occasionally 70mph along exposed coasts.
Winds are expected to finally ease off by Sunday.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to track across northern Britain later on Friday and through early Saturday.
“Gales will become widespread later on Friday, persisting well into Saturday whilst becoming more westerly.”
He added: “In addition, bands of heavy rain sweeping eastwards on Friday, in particular, will present an additional hazard.”
Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.
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The unsettled weather over the next few days will come ahead of plunging temperatures next week.
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The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the half-term break from February 18.
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