While the focus for the heaviest and most impactful snow looks to be focused over the Pennines, a broader yellow warning for snow covers north Wales, northern and central England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
Disruption is possible across large parts of the country on Thursday and Friday. Met Office chief meteorologist Matthew Lehnert said: “Snow will have settled quite widely in central parts of the UK as we move into Thursday morning leaving tricky conditions for the morning travel period. It will be another very cold night, especially under clear skies in Scotland where temperatures could get down to -15°C again tonight.
“An amber warning for snow has been issued for the high ground running north in the centre of northern England as snow redevelops through the course of Thursday and persist until early Friday. Here we could see up to 40cm of snow accompanied by strong winds causing blizzard conditions.”
What is the latest weather forecast?
Here is the latest UK forecast from the Met Office:
Cold, cloudy, windy and unsettled for many today. Spells of rain will affect southern UK. Further north, spells of snow will affect parts of Wales, the Midlands, northern England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Northern Scotland brighter with snow showers.
Further snow across parts of Wales, the Midlands, northern England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, heaviest snow northern England. Rain at times in the far south. Windy.
Early rain and snow across England and Wales clearing southwards, sunshine following with snow showers in the east. Sunny spells Scotland and Northern Ireland, but snow showers too. Cold.
Saturday to Monday
After a cold start to Saturday, turning milder but unsettled for most with rain and strong winds. Remaining colder in the far north, with some further snowfall.
The Met Office said: “Another area of low pressure arrives into the west through Saturday making uncertain progress east. This will be accompanied by a band of rain, which will turn occasionally to sleet and snow.
“The focus of snow is most likely to be mainly high ground across northern England initially, later pushing into Scotland.
“Further organised bands of snow showers are likely to continue to affect northern Scotland with some reasonable totals building up over the western Highlands and Grampians especially where these features combine. It is likely weather warnings will be issued once the detail of potential impacts becomes clearer.”
How long will it snow for?
The Met Office expects the current band of rain, sleet and snow to clear for most areas on Monday, other than northern Scotland.
However, those hoping this will signal a turn to warmer and drier weather will be disappointed.
As the week goes on widespread heavy rain is expected to move across much of the country from the south-west, with more snow possible in high ground areas of Northern Ireland and northern England.
Temperatures will be milder in the south, but colder in the north. For the rest of the period up to 22 March, low pressure and unsettled conditions will probably bring wetter conditions for most, particularly in the west.
Milder conditions are likely for many, whilst colder conditions are likely in the far north, with further snow and ice at times, the Met Office says. There will be strong winds and coastal gales mainly in western areas.
For the period from 23 March to 6 April, the Met Office says: “Confidence remains fairly low during this period, with a lot of uncertainty. However, in general it’s likely to be drier further north, apart from occasional wintry showers, while rain and strong winds are more likely to be more of a feature in the south, with a low risk of snow at times, mainly on the boundary between these two regimes.
“Milder conditions may extend north periodically. Temperatures overall mainly around average, with milder spells in the south and colder spells in the north.”