Snow warning with up to 20cm to fall as temperatures plunge to -15C

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A melting pot of winter weather is set to bring chaos to the UK with plunging temperatures, ice and rain on the horizon.

The Met Office has warned of up to 20cm of snow dumping on parts of England and Wales before the middle of the week ahead.

A "messy mix" of snow, ice and rain is due to bring chaos and misery – with weather warnings spotlighting different conditions across the UK.

While large parts of England, Scotland and Wales face wintry spells, other regions of the UK will have warnings in place relating to rain.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge explains: "We've got this band of rain sleet and snow that's moving across much of England and Wales through today, that is a real messy mix."

On Saturday the Met Office issued yellow warnings for ice across Wales and much of the south of England.

The forecast service warns the conditions will last into Sunday morning with travel warnings over ice on roads, pavements and cycle paths.

A yellow warning was also issued for Shetland and Orkney in the north of Scotland where travel disruption caused by Snow and Ice was predicted.

The yellow warnings for both are still in place on Sunday.

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While Tuesday will see yellow warnings for snow and ice across the whole of Northern Ireland, the north of Wales, and most of the middle and north of England and south of Scotland.

And Wednesday will see yellow warnings for snow in the north of England and north and central parts of Scotland.

On Saturday evening there were 82 flood warnings in place across England.

A further 251 less serious flood alerts were issued across the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, temperatures will drop as low as minus 6C overnight in England – and could be as freezing as minus 10C and minus 15C in parts of Scotland.

Ice is predicted to be a problem on Sunday morning as rain and sleet move on leaving wet conditions that are likely to freeze in central England and Wales.

Mr Partridge said: "It gets a bit more interesting as we go into Tuesday and the middle of the week."

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He predicts a "much heavier" band of rain on Monday night which will "quickly turn to snow as it bumps up against cold air" on Tuesday.

Northern England and parts of Wales could see snow "pretty much anywhere" with 1cm to 5cm likely at lower levels and 5cm to 10cm possible in the hills.

The weather expert predicts as much as 20cm of snow could coat the highest areas on Tuesday – which could create travel issues onTrans-Pennine routes.

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