Met Office issue new snow alert after UK suffers 86mph winds and torrential rain

A severe warning for snow and ice in the UK has been issued straight after violent winds caused widespread chaos.

Scotland's north is the latest region to face extreme weather this week, according to the Met Office which forecasts disruptive snow, rain and glimmers of sunshine for Friday morning.

England and Wales felt the full force of 86mph winds on Wednesday and Thursday as a train derailed in Kent, lorries toppled over on the road and power cuts plunged some Brits into darkness.

Up to two inches of snow is set to blanket parts of Scotland until 10am before 'wintry showers' most likely wash it away, turning ground dangerously icy.

Residents have been urged by the Met Office to only leave the house with caution as injury is possible from slips and falls icy patches of untreated surfaces, the Mirror reports.

As a result of the icy weather, the weather service advises those living in affected areas to expect 'travel disruption' on both roads and railways with longer journey times likely.

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Heavy rain is set to dampen much of the UK further south but sunny spells are on the cards of some ahead of the weekend as more typical spring-like weather moves in.

Parts of the south west must endure what is left of the 'very windy' from this week before a wet weekend rain, finally followed by some sunshine and milder temperatures next week.

The wind has not been the only bad weather over the past few days as torrential rain has forced the Environment Agency to increase its number of flood warnings.

Across England, there are now seven flood warnings, mostly in the north of England, meaning immediate action is required, as well as 31 flood alerts, meaning a deluge is possible.

For the rest of Friday, the Met Office says heavy rain with hail will move eastwards over the morning with sunny spells and scattered showers in the north and west which will merge into long spells of rain overnight.

Snow will falls over northern hills where it will become frosty into the early hours of the weekend and down in the south west, the week's forceful gusts will continue.

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