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Sunday 26th May 2019

Met Office issues warnings as new 'Storm Hannah' set to batter Britain with EIGHT inches of snow

Storm Hannah is on its way

The Met Office has warned EIGHT inches of snow could hit parts of Britain this weekend.

A late winter Storm - which could be named Storm Hannah - has threatened widespread travel disruption as snow, rain and wind is set to batter the UK days after Storm Gareth swept across the country.

It's been said up to 20cm (eight inches) of snow could fall on Saturday as low pressure system moves across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.

Read more: Storm Gareth upgraded to 'mega-storm' as Britain braces for snow and blizzards

The same system could also see as much as four inches of rain in Wales and northern England in the wake of Storm Gareth.

Yellow warnings for snow, rain and wind have been issued and are in place from 4am to 9pm on Saturday.

As well as snow, Brits have been warned of heavy rain and high winds - which could reach speeds of 70mph along the coast.

The Met Office has said: "A developing area of low pressure is expected to track across Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland on Saturday.

Storm Hannah is apparently on its way (Credit: Met Office)

"As this runs into colder air, snow is likely to develop, particularly in any heavier bursts of precipitation. The largest snowfall amounts will be confined to higher ground, with the potential for 10-20cm of snow above 350m.

The largest snowfall amounts will be confined to higher ground.

"Between 100m and 350m elevation, a mixture of rain, sleet and snow is more likely, but there is potential for accumulations of 2-5cm, and a small chance of 10cm should the precipitation be heavy enough to maintain snow for a longer duration.

"With warm air close by to the south, it may be that places in the south of this warning area end up with mainly rain."

It comes after the Met Office warned snow is likely over northern hills and could spread to lower levels.

Britain could face up to eight inches of snow this weekend (Credit: Pexels)

Read more: Met Office issues warning for fallen trees, flying debris and travel disruption as snow sets in

The weather service said unsettled conditions will become increasingly confined to the north and northwest towards the end of the month.

Earlier this week, the Met Office issued yellow warnings for wind for most of England and Wales and heavy rain for parts of North West England.

The Met Office is also warning people about fallen trees, flying debris and travel disruption.

It was also said that Storm Gareth had doubled into a 2000-mile wide mega-storm over the last couple of days.

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