BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of freezing temperatures and ice
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The weather presenter warned BBC Breakfast that freezing temperatures are on the way with some areas of the UK set for snowfall. Carol Kirkwood warned that cold air is likely to produce ice, snow and strong gusts are expected to whip up blizzards. With temperatures falling below freezing the metrologist warned that conditions will feel cold out and about for Britons heading into next week.
Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “Some of us will see snow even at lower levels today, it’s a cold start to the day.
“Temperatures are widely below freezing and quite a bit below freezing as well.
“There is a widespread frost and the risk of ice on untreated surfaces and it’s turning wet and windy already from the west that’s producing some snow and more of us will see some snow as we go through the day but not all of us.
“And what’s happening is we’ve got this warm front coming in, behind it to be less cold there but it’s not going to last because then we have a cold front following on bringing cold air in behind that.
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She continued: “So a bright sunny, cold frosty start for many parts of the UK but as the weather front producing all this rain bumps into that cold air, we will start to see the snowfall
“Especially across Scotland at lower levels and other England at low levels, possibly as far south as Midlands at low levels as become further south it’s more likely to be Hill snow and then behind it, we see the less cold air turns rapidly back to rain.
“And then later on if you return to the colder air.
“These are the wind gusts so wherever you are today it’s going to be windy that means for we’ve got lying snow in Scotland, Northern England, it could be drifting and also blizzards for time and the strongest winds of gales at times gusts to gale force will be out towards the west.”
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Ms Kirkwood added: “Temperatures wherever you are, it’s going to feel cold.
“We’re looking roughly three in the north to about seven maybe nine in Plymouth.
“Through this evening and overnight here is the weather front pushing away into the North Sea.
“Behind it a plethora of wintry showers even down to sea level from Wales northwards and it’s going to be another cold night in prospect looking at temperatures freezing in some places to plus five in others, so not as cold as the night just gone but there still will be a widespread frost and still the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.
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The meteorologist said: “Then has been moved into the weekend, we’ve got this first front coming across as getting rid of that ridge of high pressure and then a second one coming in a bit later on.
“So that means translated on a Saturday it’s going to be a windy day there’s the risk of gales across the southwest and the English Channel.
“We’ve got all this rain pushing through and behind it, a mixture of sunshine and showers some of those are the tops of the hills especially are likely to be wintry with highs between six and 11.
BBC host Jon Kay responded: “That looks like the weekend we will not particularly enjoy it, doesn’t it? Stay inside.”
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