‘Winter blast’ coming to the UK from Iceland with chilly -8C winds and more rain

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The weekend will start with a wintry feel across parts of the British Isles, according to new forecasts.

Motorists should brace themselves for more risky conditions on some roads as overnight lows of -8C are expected to lead to ice and high winds over higher ground.

Forecaster Jo Farrow from Netweather said in a blog post that cold "blustery" winds will cause pose the biggest problem over the next couple of days, with "strong gusts" expected for Northern Ireland, Wales, Cornwall & Devon, Cumbria and much of Scotland as a result of a high pressure movement down from Iceland.

It comes after the Met Office warned that "more changeable weather conditions" are expected over the next 5 days following a spree of storms that brought flooding and high winds, resulting in the deaths of 3 people during Storm Eunice.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “A cold front, followed by cold arctic Canadian air, has now pushed south across the country and has brought a spell of windy, showery and cold weather.

"Winds pick up again as we head into the weekend with weather fronts bringing rain to the north and west and milder air spreads back in here.”

Tomasz Schafernaker from BBC Weather said on Friday night that most of the UK would experience "good, bright weather" for the weekend, with ground frost expected in the south of England on Saturday morning.

Scotland and the far north of England would meanwhile start the day with milder temperatures.

He did advise viewers however to "make the most of the weekend" as Monday is "looking pretty wet", with a large band of rain approaching from the Atlantic for the start of the week.

A total of 16 flood warnings remain in place on Saturday, with these applying to various areas on the River Ouse in North Yorkshire and the River Severn in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

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