UK weather: Snow, floods and ice forecast for Valentine's Day as temperatures plunge to -15C

Britain is set for up to four inches of snow over a freezing Valentine's weekend

Parts of the UK are set to plummet to temperatures as low as -15C over the next few days, with some expecting considerable amounts of snow and flooding.

Britain is set for up to four inches of snow over a freezing Valentine's Day weekend, as cold showers are set to hit both the north and south of the country.

The Met Office has issued yellow warning for snow and ice in the north of England and Scotland, and said that are a lot colder than normal for the time of year.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of northern Scotland warning drivers to take care in potentially hazardous conditions and to expect travel disruption.

The Thames even burst its banks yesterday as heavy rain hit the UK, and there are still 16 flood alerts put in place on the river by the Environment Agency.

A Met Office forecaster said: "A band of rain, sleet or snow showers will affect parts of northern Scotland during Friday before moving slowly southwards.

They added: "A front over central and southeast Scotland will move slowly and erratically southwards into the far north of England. This will bring outbreaks of mainly rain and sleet over eastern coastal areas and to low levels, but some snow to low levels inland and heavy snow likely across higher ground at times."

Almost 70 flood warnings and alerts have been issued for the south of the country and the Midlands and the North East.

The majority of flood alerts involve the River Thames and flood warnings have been issued for the River Severn.