Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across the UK for “sleet” and “snow showers” which could bring “difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel.”
The Met Office said that severe weather could lead to power outages with “isolated lightening strikes.”
The weather warning said that the UK would see “frequent sleet and snow showers may lead to some difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel on Friday morning.”
It said, “Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services
“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
“Some brief power outages are possible with a risk of isolated lightning strikes.”
The Met Office added, “Frequent wintry showers arriving from the west overnight Thursday into Friday are likely to lead to a fresh covering of snow for areas above 200m (mainly around 2-5 cm, possibly as much as 10 cm over highest ground where showers are most frequent).
“Falling snow below this level may cause some temporary slushy accumulations which then may freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.
“These showers will turn increasingly to rain and sleet at lower levels through Friday morning, before steadily easing from the west through the afternoon ahead of an area of rain and milder conditions.”
Forecasters said that snow and ice will hit on Tuesday and there could be “temporary blizzard conditions” and wind could pick up to as high as 80mph in some areas.
They warned, “An area of strong north or northwesterly winds is expected to strengthen during Tuesday morning bringing gusts of 60-70 mph to exposed coastal parts of northern Scotland.
“A brief period of gusts of 75-80 mph is possible for Orkney and Caithness around lunchtime on Tuesday.
“The winds will then gradually ease from the northwest during the late afternoon and into the evening.
“The strong winds will also drive frequent wintry showers across these areas and whilst accumulations are likely to be small the showers will exacerbate difficult conditions.”