A blast of snow is expected to hit parts of Britain as more icy air blows in from the Arctic.

Temperatures could plunge below freezing in parts of London and the South East overnight, the Met Office has said, while strong winds could cause widespread travel disruption at the weekend.

There are yellow warnings in place for strong winds for Scotland on Friday and for the rest of the UK on Saturday, with potential for severe gales in the west.

The Met Office has said the weather will continue to turn colder and more unsettled by Friday.

"this will extend to the whole of the uk, except london and the south-east.

"There will be some snow on northern hills."

Meanwhile, the Met Office has also said the UK is facing a higher chance of a wetter winter over the next few months, as households are urged to be prepared for the risk of flooding.

A wind warning has been released for Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday, before extending to almost the entire of the UK on Saturday

A Met Office outlook shows there is an above-average chance of the winter being wetter than normal over the three months from November to January, with the wetter conditions most likely in January next year and beyond.

Snow is expected on higher ground in Scotland on Wednesday but cold weather will spread to lower levels on Thursday thanks to an Arctic chill sweeping in after a very mild November so far.

The Met Office has told Brits to prepare for damage to buildings such as tiles being blown from roofs, travel delays and power cuts.

It said : "The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon, before becoming more widespread overnight and into Saturday morning.

November has seen warmer than normal temperatures so far, particularly in parts of eastern Scotland, which are expected to continue until the end of the weekend. Pictured, a red stag in Bushy Park, London

"However, gusts seem likely to reach 50 to 60mph widely, with 70 to 80mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and north-east England."

Sky News weather presenter Joanna Robinson said : "It will feel raw in the strong northerly winds.

"In terms of snow, it's challenging to forecast even just a few days ahead, with often marginal conditions across the UK.

"Friday and Saturday look much more unsettled, with a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

UK snow forecast: Britain could be hit be heavy snow on Saturday (Image: WXCHARTS)

Where snow does fall, it is likely to be transient and confined to higher ground."

Met Office meteorologist Ollie Claydon said : "Overnight on Friday we could see snow on some wider areas of high ground across the UK, so across the Pennines and Welsh mountains.

"at the moment it is not looking like anything is going to necessarily.

in the evening the rain moves into the northwest.

UK snow forecast: The mercury could plummet to -11C on Saturday evening (Image: NETWEATHER)

Snow will fall in Scotland from today before moving south to the north of England, East Anglia and Wales later in the week- as the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for Friday and Saturday.

Later on Friday that could start to fall as snow over the highlands, which is not unusual for the end of November.

'It is mostly dry elsewhere.

Strong winds and even snow are likely in parts of the UK.

The Met Office has warned the extreme wind could close bridges and roads as well as see tiles blown off buildings over the weekend. Pictured, a map of the wind direction

'Along with the wind we 've got heavier rain in north England and south Scotland.

Winter appears to have arrived in parts of the UK with warnings of freezing temperatures and severe winds for much of the country this week.

Many people will be waking up to frost on Sunday and Monday next week when daytime temperatures look to be around 6-7C.

Up to 9cm of snow is set to fall in an aera of Scotland, while parts of Northern England could see up to 4cm.

Intense winds of up to 50-60mph around the country could cause travel chaos and power cuts on Saturday - will ferries, trains and road journeys likely to be severely delayed. Pictured, arctic air is bringing snow this week

"Blustery showers following across northern and western Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and South West England.

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