Beast from the East may be back this weekend


After days of relatively mild conditions the Beast from the East is set to sweep back over the United Kingdom this weekend.

Milder temperatures are forecast to return towards the end of next week but this will be accompanied by more unsettled conditions and rain.

During the cold snap earlier this month, motorists in two parts of the United Kingdom reported getting stuck for 17 or 18 hours as snow and high winds brought treacherous driving conditions.

Channel 4 weather presenter Liam Dutton tweeted that temperatures across Britain are likely to drop from Saturday.

The cold snap will start again on Friday across most of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The last few days have probably felt spring-like for some, thanks to mild southerly winds and some sunny spells, yesterday saw a high of 15.9C at Porthmadog in North Wales and today has seen the temperature reaching 14C+ in a number of locations across SE England.

It looks like winter is not over yet as fresh snow and ice warnings are in place for much of the country over the weekend.

BBCThe BBC weather presenter warned of a return to the freezing temperatures of late February
BBCThe BBC weather presenter warned of a return to the freezing temperatures of late February

"We expect daytime maximum temperatures of freezing with the southeast likely to be the coldest region".

It has issued a level 2 alert level warning of a 70 per cent probability of severe cold weather and heavy snow this weekend which could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Sky News meteorologist Chris England said on Thursday that it would turn "much colder" over the next few days, with a "raw wind from the Baltic bringing widespread snow showers".

Mr Bowles added: "From Friday afternoon there is a front moving in from the east which will bring rain, this will change gradually to snow".

The snow forecast for the weekend has just got worse - with the Met Office issuing amber weather warnings. Very uncertain into the following week, but with a high chance of colder than normal conditions, ' they said.

"Snow showers are expected to become more frequent through Saturday evening and night with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths", forecasters say.