HAIL is set to whip up Britain ahead of a weekend of blizzards and downpours as “winter” weather continues.
The Met Office has issued an ELEVEN yellow weather warning across the UK as turbulent conditions threaten to wreak havoc.
Forecasters warn of possible hail, sleet and snow as temperatures plummet.
They warned there could be travel disruption as up to 10cm of white matter could fall on high ground while “fluffy” snow could freeze and cause dangerous icy patches on roads. in other places.
Up to 6 inches of snow from the blizzard is expected after temperatures dropped to -8C on Wednesday – making it the coldest night of the winter.
Lightning could also strike some coastal counties as strong winds sweep across the country, as lightning strikes threaten to knock homes out of power for a short time.
Scotland, northern England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland are expected to be the areas hardest hit by the snow.
The Met said it expected a high of just 4C on Friday amid frigid weather, when “blizzard conditions” hold.
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Snow warnings have been issued for northeastern England, Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, Highlands and Eilean Siar, as well as Yorkshire and the Humber.
People in the East Midlands, Strathclyde, Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders, Central, Tayside & Fife and Grampian were also affected.
Friday will see a repeat of winter conditions in the north, with snow or sleet followed by sunshine.
The east and south-east of England will have a bright day but persistent rain is forecast in south-west and south Wales.
Weekend weather is expected to remain volatile, with more mild spells, as an area of spiraling low pressure brings changeable weather conditions to the UK.
Following the blast of cold from the snowstorms, an Atlantic weather front would then bring downpours.
Liverpool and Manchester could see up to 5mm of rain an hour on Saturday, before the initial band of rain continues to spread across the country.
And meteorologists say intermittent rainfall is expected on Sunday, before patches of rain and snow fall to parts of England.
The Met Office confirmed that temperatures dropped to -8C in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire in the early hours of Thursday, making it the coldest night in the UK to date.
Benson in Oxfordshire dropped to -6.6C and London Gatwick Airport to -5.4C.
Met Office meteorologist Claire Nasir said: “Across the country we are showering in cold air.
“Temperatures will drop to around -4C in England and Wales and -10C in snowfields across Scotland.
“Ultimately, a high pressure peak will widen, so we should see a fairly stiff frost on Thursday morning before lighter air moves in from the Atlantic with a band of clouds and rain.
“When rain meets colder air, it turns to snow. It’s also colder behind so the chance of sleet will last through Friday.”
A ‘snow bomb’ is expected next week, after the warmest New Year’s Eve on record.
Newcastle and Northumberland are likely to be empty-handed at midnight on January 12.
Parts of Scotland – particularly in the Highlands – will also face up to 5 inches when the mercury drops below zero.
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