Heavy wind and blustery snow showers have been battering Scotland and Northern Ireland this morning with more set to come for the rest of the day, the Met Office has warned.
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Snow and high winds have battered Britain today with more set to follow in the coming days.
Heavy wind and blustery snow showers have been battering Scotland and Northern Ireland this morning with more set to come later in the week, the Met Office has warned.
A yellow weather warning for snow and ice saw travel disruption as roads and motorways in Scotland were hit with blizzards overnight.
The warnings, in place until 11am on Thursday, saw the west of Scotland hit with high winds and snow overnight and as the day continues the weather is moving eastwards.
“Showers will continue into this afternoon, with a more persistent spell of rain and hill snow in eastern Scotland for a time.”
Overnight the severe weather saw crashes on roads near Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Road Policing Scotland tweeted: “Lots of weather-related collisions already being reported this morning on the M8, M9 and M90 just to name a few.
“Please drive to the prevailing road and weather conditions.”
Forecasters warned of “significant snow and strong winds” with warnings of possible snow and ice for Scotland and Northern England into Thursday.
Gusts of 50mph to 60mph and higher were reported in some parts of the East coast of Scotland during the morning.
Weather experts said while such wind speeds are not unusual for the time of year in Scotland, recently weakened trees and structures from the impact of Storm Corrie and Storm Malik may mean further damage in some areas is likely.
The weather system should continue to move East over the course of the day, leaving things more settled later in the afternoon.
By the end of the week an area of high pressure should have replaced the wind and snow with the clear skies meaning we will be seeing more frost overnight.
But after the brief respite the wet and windy weather is due to return over the weekend, forecasters have said.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Rain clearing southern England, then sunny spells for many southern and eastern areas. Rain and hill snow moving east across Scotland followed by winter showers in the north and west. Wales across Scotland, severe on coasts at first. Feeling cold.
A few winter showers in the north and west, elsewhere clearing skies allowing a widespread frost. Strong winds in the east slowly easing.
Most parts dry with plenty of sunshine, though feeling cold after a frosty start. Turning wet and windy in the far northwest later.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Spells of strong winds and rain southeast on Saturday. Wet and windy for all Sunday, though mild. Unsettled with showers or periods of rain thereafter. Becoming colder in the north.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.