FIVE inches of snow, torrential rain and floods will hit parts of Britain this weekend as the nation braces for an Arctic blast.
The Met Office has issued three yellow weather warnings for the weekend – with travel disruption expected in hard-hit areas.
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Brits in the South West of England can expect heavy rain tomorrow, with a yellow weather warning for torrential rain in place from 8pm this evening.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page said: “Tomorrow begins with a weather front moving north from the South West triggering rain and snow warnings.
“In southern parts of Cornwall and Devon heavy rain will feature, particularly on higher ground.
“However, rain is likely to turn to sleet and snow across Wales and central England during the morning and then some parts of south and south-east England before it clears southwards again.”
Forecasters say some rural communities could become "cut off" due to the downpours.
Ice is also predicted to begin forming in the North East and Scotland from this evening, causing "difficult driving conditions".
Jason Kelly, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said that another new weather front on Sunday would bring rain and snow east and north across the UK.
He added: “The most significant event in the forecast is a feature from late Monday evening, which threatens to bring rainfall across a swathe of the UK from the south and west.”
“In the colder air to the north of this system the rainfall will readily turn to snow or even freezing rain, affecting a large part of England and Wales north of the M4 corridor.”
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for 9pm on Monday until midnight on Wednesday – with 1-4cm of snowfall expected in hard-hit areas.
The warning, which stretches across large swathes of Wales, the South East, the Midlands and the North, adds that up to 10cm of white stuff could accumulate on higher ground above 150m.
It continues: “The risk of freezing rain will be an additional threat across parts of eastern Wales and the west and south Midlands.
“Snow should turn back to rain lasting longest across parts of northern England.”
There are already three yellow warnings in place on Saturday for ice, snow, and rain – as Brits are battered by all winter weather extremities.
But Monday will bring heavy snowfall from Newcastle toReading – cutting off rural communities and causing wide-scale traffic disruption.
Southwestern England, including Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay, will be lashed by heavy torrents tomorrow – leading to flooding and transport disruption.
A band of heavy rain will move north-east across the area during Friday night, with some heavy rainfall following from the south on Saturday afternoon.
Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall during the day until 8pm- especially along the south coast of England.
Parts of Essex, Cambridgeshire and York have already been battling major flooding – with roads cut off as nearby rivers burst their banks.
Over 230 flood alerts are in place across England today, with a further five in Wales, and two in Scotland – meaning Brits should be prepared for flooding.
And there are nearly 60 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – in central and northern parts of the country.
In Wales, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, up to five inches of heavy snow is expected to fall this weekend.
Rain will turn from sleet to snow during the course of Saturday morning – with the potential for eight inches of snowfall on higher ground in the Brecon Beacons.
Some rural communities could become cut off in the heavy snow, with some disruptions to power and mobile phone coverage also likely.
In eastern and central Scotland, as well as eastern England, there is an ice warning in place – bringing difficult driving conditions, icy patches, and freezing temperatures.
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Wintry showers will also spread inland from the North Sea to eastern areas overnight.
On Saturday a further band of rain – linked to Storm Justine – will affect southern England and South Wales bringing downpours.
And looking forward to next week – the snow and ice weather warning is in place from Monday night until Wednesday night.
The cold blast will hit with temperatures potentially dipping as low as -7C.
The Met Office said: "Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast from late Monday, bringing difficult travel conditions.
"As well as snow, a period of freezing rain is possible for parts of east Wales and the West and South Midlands.
"Snow should turn back to rain from the south, lasting longest across parts of northern England."
Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Despite the treacherous conditions, we protected more than 49,000 homes and businesses across England from flooding during Storm Christoph, but with river catchments now extremely wet and sensitive to further rainfall on saturated ground, we have to remain vigilant to further flooding this winter.
“Our teams are out on the ground checking defences and clearing grilles and screens to make sure we are prepared for the next band of wet weather.”
Some communities are still dealing with the effects of Storm Christoph – which brought "danger to life" flooding to Yorkshire, Manchester, and Wales earlier this month.
The Met Office issued an amber warning for snow as the country experienced heavy rain and ice.
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