STRONG winds and up eight inches of snow could bring blizzard conditions to parts of the country this weekend.

A cold front will come across the UK bringing freezing temperatures as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain over Saturday and Sunday.

The wintry conditions will become more challenging on Saturday – when snow could settle on hills as low as 200m in Scotland and northern England.

However, flooding misery is set to continue for many after two back-to-back weekends of wet and windy conditions.

Alex Deakin of the Met Office said: "Large chunks of the country are going to be wet and windy on Friday.

“There is a rain warning in force, covering the southern highlands down as far as the south west. There is the potential for flooding in these areas as the rain builds up during the day.

“Because the ground is so wet, that could cause some problems.

“And the wind could also be causing some problems across the south east, gusty cross winds here on some of the major routes, so not great for high-sided vehicles.

“The winds strengthen further as we go into Saturday. With an area of low pressure to the north of Scotland, the isobars are really pinching together.

“Things become a little calmer on Sunday before an area of low pressure begins to move in.

“That could bring a spell of snow on Sunday night and into Monday and the potential for further wet and very windy weather during Monday.”

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Matthew Box, forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We have strong wind warnings out for Friday in south east Scotland and north east England. They could hit 55mph to 65mph.

"There will also be widespread coastal gales across the north of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"We could have blizzard conditions at a time if you're stuck on the top of a mountain."

He added there could be up to eight inches of snowfall on the mountains in Scotland.

BBC senior forecaster Derek Brockway tweeted: "Sharp cold front and rain moving across the #UK this morning.

"Snow falling on the hills and mountains in #Wales. Drier, clearer weather over #Ireland with broken cloud, sunshine and scattered showers. Turning noticeably colder with a drop temperature and change in wind direction."

The Met Office is forecasting “unsettled” weather patterns for the coming days and more weather warnings have been issued for later in the week.

Friday will see parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland under yellow weather warning conditions for wind and rain lasting until between 8pm tonight and 6am tomorrow.

The warning reads: "Persistent rain, heavy over hills, may lead to flooding and travel disruption during Friday and Friday night.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

These warnings follow two weeks of treacherous storms that wreaked havoc around the country.

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