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Snow storm bringing blizzards and sub-zero temps this weekend

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Blizzards will strike parts of the UK and nowhere will be spared from the Arctic blast, Met Office forecasters warn.

Temperatures have dropped following a mild autumn and WX Charts' latest graphics reveal where the heaviest snow is expected to fall this weekend.

A band of heavy rain will move across the UK from the west on Thursday but come Friday, that could turn to snow, and wintry showers are possible on higher ground almost anywhere in the UK.

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The east coast of Scotland is expected to bear the brunt of the storm, with an amber warning being issued from 3pm tomorrow until 9am Saturday (November 27).

The Met Office states "flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life" throughout the warning period and there will be "severe gales into northern areas with blizzards in the Scottish mountains later."

The rest of the UK, including the whole of the South West but not Kent in the South East, will also be gripped by a yellow weather warning for wind from midnight until 6pm Saturday.

"Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible," the Met Office states.

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What the Met Office says

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Almond, said of the weather over Friday and Saturday: "Gusts of wind are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"As well as strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers following turning increasingly to hill snow in the north. This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost anywhere away from the far-south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills.

"It is going to be a windy period with potentially disruptive gales. These could cause some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with a small chance exposed roads and bridges could close. There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets.

"By Sunday any showers will mainly become confined to eastern coastal areas but there could still be some snow but only over the hills."

What the latest weather charts show

Met Office's UK five-day forecast

TODAY: Cloud and patchy rain in the south soon clearing, then many inland areas dry with sunny spells. Showers affecting northern Scotland and also north facing coastal districts further south. Rain into northwest later.

TONIGHT: Clear and frosty in south, but clouding over later. Rain, heavy in places, moving south across northern and central parts, briefly falling as snow over hills in north. Becoming windy.

FRIDAY: Rain, some heavy, moving south, then colder with blustery heavy showers, falling as snow over high ground. Severe gales into northern areas with blizzards in the Scottish mountains later.

OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY TO MONDAY: Cold Saturday with mixture of rain, sleet and snow showers, accompanied by gales. Improving through Sunday; widely fine after frosty start, but further cloud/rain slowly spreading in from the west.

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