UK weather: Snow, frost, wind and rain settles in across the north, bringing fresh weather warnings

Monday night expected to be coldest of the week with lows of -2 degrees

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Severe weather warnings have been issued across the north of the UK as strong gales and gusts of up to 80mph bring potential disruption to travel, power lines, and a risk of localised flooding.

Snow and ice weather warnings will finally end for Scotland and the north on Monday, but these will be replaced with severe warnings of strong winds on Wednesday.

The Met Office states there is a risk of "storm force winds" over western and northern parts of Scotland, where waves are expected to be "unusually high" signalling risks of flooding of roads and causeways.

Northern and western coasts of Scotland and Northern Ireland at particular risk.

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The countryside in Cumbria and County Durham border after an overnight snowfall

The snow and ice that covered north of Scotland over the weekend caused emergency services to be called for a number of road accidents, as the UK started to feel the effects of a deepening low pressure system that has been moving from the North Atlantic across to Iceland.

Met Office meteorologist Krista Mitchell said that while decent spells of sunshine can be expected across the UK on Monday, temperatures will remain cold.

The snow and ice weather warning for Scotland and the north of England will be lifted by midday, but temperature lows on Monday night of between -1 and -2 degrees Celsius will see “widespread frost” across the UK after the coldest night of the week, though temperatures in the north of Scotland may drop as low as -5 degrees.

Tuesday will start off dry but strong winds and rain will move from the west of Scotland and the west of Northern Ireland south eastwards throughout the day.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds across Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of Wales and the north of England. These areas will also see heavy and wintery showers leading to snow over higher areas across mountains around 200 to 300 metres, with sleet expected at lower levels.

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Snow drifts over a farm in Teesdale, County Durham after an overnight downfall, as blustery and wintry weather will sweep across Britain this week

Showers will continue across western parts of the UK on Thursday with the best parts of drier, brighter weather expected in the east. Later in the day and pushing into Friday will be a band of rain gradually moving across the country, before this begins to clear at the end of the week.

The UK will largely see average temperatures for December this week, with highs of between 6 and 7 degrees and lows of around 1 degree Celsius, though Monday night will dip below this.

“It’s going to feel rather cold this week, with wintery showers throughout the week, especially in the mountainous areas of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,” Ms Mitchell said.

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