A severe weather system is currently battering parts of Iceland, bringing as much as three feet of snow, with the blizzard conditions causing “near zero visibility” for some residents. Areas like Akureyri, a town in the north of the country, are expecting to feel the full force of the powerful snow storm, as the massive system also brings “severe gales and heavy rain across the UK”. BBC Weather forecaster Simon King warned about the brutal system currently causing chaos in Iceland.
He wrote on Twitter: “Doesn’t look like much but there is a severe storm affecting Iceland today.
“It’s part of the same weather system that’ll bring some gales/severe gales and heavy rain across the UK.”
It comes amid reports Iceland is currently bracing for “enormous snow amounts” as the country is battered by “blizzard conditions with storm force winds”.
The BBC Weather forecaster, Mr King, retweeted a weather account on Twitter which warned of “very severe wintery weather” as “storm force winds” creating “near zero visibility” hit Iceland, with over 100cm or three feet of snow blanketing the country.
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The Met Office warned of unsettled conditions whipping towards the UK and battering much of Britain over the course of the next 48 hours.
Forecaster Clare Nasir said: “Some nasty weather around today in the form of heavy rain and damaging gusts.
“The Met Office has issued warnings for the rain and wind. There have already been problems on the roads and the bank of rain will stretch and move down towards the south and southeast.”
The Met Office weather forecaster warned the most “intense” rain would likely not strike the country until the early evening on Tuesday.
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Nasir added the clear skies on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday would see temperatures fall overnight with frost in rural areas.
She said: “Away from the west where the wind will keep things a bit more mixed up. Even so over the higher ground, with those showers, they will turn to snow.
“A bit more of a wintry mix, first thing on Wednesday morning, certainly a cold start to the day and much of central and eastern England you should see some drier skies and even some sunshine.
“However, it’s not going to last. This rash of showers will continue to feed in with a blustery breeze and, in fact, these showers will merge to form a longer more organised band of rain. Through the morning into the afternoon and could turn more tense as winds pick up strength.”
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It’s part of the same weather system that’ll bring some gales/severe gales and heavy rain across the UK
The Met Office meteorologist warned motorists travelling on the M6, M1, M4 and M25 to take care on Wednesday afternoon as “damaging winds” and heavy bursts of rain hit.
She added that showers would turn wintry over the higher ground in Scotland with powerful winds.
The Met Office has a series of yellow weather warnings in place on Tuesday and into Wednesday as unsettled conditions barrel across the country.
Weather warnings are in place for wind, rain and ice with most lasting for much of Tuesday and some into Wednesday.
A yellow weather warning for ice remains in place from 10pm Tuesday evening until 10am on Wednesday morning, and warns of “ice patches and wintry showers” leading to disruption.
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The warning adds: “Icy patches are likely to develop during Tuesday night as frequent blustery, heavy showers of rain and hail fall onto cold surfaces, especially untreated roads and pavements.
“Meanwhile, above 200 metres elevation, showers will fall as snow at times, perhaps with 2-6 cm of snow above 400 metres, blown along by strong, gusty winds.”
The Met Office forecast for Wednesday reads: “Windy with sunny spells and showers, heavy at times and wintry on hills. The heaviest and most frequent showers will be over northern and western UK. Feeling cold.”
Its outlook for Thursday to Saturday adds: “Unsettled, with rain and hill snow spreading northeast through Thursday. Showers for Friday, wintry in the north. Further rain affects southern areas Saturday. Often windy; cold in the north.”
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The unsettled conditions are likely to continue well into Thursday as millions of voters head to the polls in the UK for the general election.
Some leading bookmakers have slashed odds on wind speeds reaching a staggering 100mph in mainland Britain this week.
Coral’s John Hill said: “The odds have been slashed on the wind speed reaching 100mph in the mainland.
“There is also a serious threat of snow before the week is out, while we have even seen strong money for the white stuff to fall on election day”.