Snow to hit again as Britain battered by 65mph winds and heavy rain

Britain is bracing for another day of potentially damaging winds, heavy rain and flooding with a fresh blast of snow on the way in the final week of winter.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind for most of England and Wales, and a heavy rain warning for parts of North West England in the wake of Storm Gareth.

Brits have been warned of travel disruption as winds gust to 60-65mph between 6am and 1pm, and almost two inches (50mm) of rain falls over Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Stormy conditions will continue over the next few days and snow over northern hills could spread to lower levels, the Met Office warned.

Dozens of flood warnings and alerts are in place, mainly in western and northern parts of both England and Scotland.

Thursday is set to start off cloudy, wet and windy in many places a day after Storm Gareth hit with 75mph winds and heavy rain.

Many places will see a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers through the day as the winds gradually ease.

In the evening, cloud, rain and strong winds will move in from the west with torrential downpours over western hills.

Gales are possible in the west and over hills, the Met Office said.

Blustery showers will continue on Friday and Saturday, when snow over northern hills could spread to lower levels and carry over into Sunday morning.

Sunshine and showers are expected on Sunday, followed by drier conditions on Monday with only isolated showers.

But further spells of wet and windy weather are expected from Tuesday, mostly in the north.

The Met Office said: "The wettest and windiest weather will always be most likely in the northwest, with the driest conditions for the south and southeast."

Next Wednesday is the first day of spring, but parts of the north will see snow again.

Met Office five-day weather forecast

Thursday

A cloudy, wet and windy start for many.

The rain will clear most areas through the morning, although it could stay cloudy and wet in southwest England.

Sunny spells and blustery showers will follow and winds will gradually ease.

Thursday night

Cloud, rain and strong winds will move in from the west through this evening with heavy rain over western hills.

Gales are possible in the west and over hills.

Friday

Rain will clear to sunny spells and blustery showers for many.

However skies will be cloudier in parts of Wales and southern England with outbreaks of rain.

Saturday to Monday

Rain spreading north on Saturday, with snow over northern hills and possibly to lower levels.

Very windy in the south.

Less windy Sunday with sunshine and scattered showers.

Drier Monday.

More snow as spring arrives

The Met Office is predicting more rain and snow next week.

This is the extended forecast for Monday 18 March to Wednesday 27 March: "Dry for many on Monday with only isolated showers.

"Rain and strengthening winds reach the northwest by Tuesday, then spread to other northern and some central areas.

"Thereafter, the south remains largely dry.

"It will remain changeable, particularly in the north, with further spells of wind and rain, followed by drier, more showery periods.

"The wettest and windiest weather will always be most likely in the northwest, with the driest conditions for the south and southeast.

"Snow is likely in the north at times, mainly over higher ground.

"The unsettled conditions will become increasingly confined to the north and northwest towards the end of the month.

"Temperatures often near normal, with any warmer periods more likely in the south, whilst occasionally rather cold in the north."

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