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Cold, stormy weather aims for the UK this weekend

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
December 07, 2017, 10:52:14 AM EST

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As the weekend approaches, cool air will filter into the United Kingdom and stick around into early next week.

Following Storm Caroline, chillier air and a stiff northwest wind will filter into the United Kingdom on Friday and persist into Saturday as well.

For the most part, the wind will be driving the showers, keeping the wet weather mainly near the coasts. Any rain will likely be intermittent and light in nature.

"The higher elevations of Scotland and northern Wales will have the best chance of seeing wintry showers on Saturday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.

However, even some low elevation locations can expect 2-5 cm (1-2 ) inches of snow into Saturday.

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Drier, but cool conditions are expected inland into Saturday. Temperatures in London will end up about 2 degrees C (6 degrees F) below normal with a high right around 4 C (40 F) on Friday and Saturday.

Despite some sunshine, brisk conditions will make it feel more like zero C (32 F) much of the time for southern England.

A new storm system will move in on Sunday and, along with a re-enforced shot of cold air, will bring in wetter conditions to end the weekend.

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With cold air already in place across Wales and England, snow could be more widespread, extending from the hills of Wales into the Midlands.

"Snowfall accumulation in these areas will be most likely during the morning hours on Sunday, when temperatures will likely be at their lowest and around the freezing mark," Richards said.

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Several centimeters of snow will also be possible across the higher elevations of Scotland. Any precipitation that falls across Scotland as rain or snow will be light. The heavier and steadier rain will instead remain across Northern Ireland, Wales and southern England.

As the storm moves through the region, some gustier winds are expected from southern Wales and southern England. Especially along western facing coasts, wind gusts could reach 50 mph at times. This wind will also lead to rough waves from the Celtic Sea into the English Channel.

By Sunday evening, the storm will have moved into Belgium and the Netherlands, generally leaving isolated showers across the United Kingdom.

Behind this storm, below-normal temperatures will continue to frequent the U.K. next week. The stormy pattern is expected to continue into the middle of December as well, leaving open the possibility for more snow, especially in the higher elevations.

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