WEATHER forecast experts are today warning BRITS they’re set for a frosty start after raging overnight gales forced temperatures plummeting below zero across the UK.
It comes after Storm Erik battered the UK with powerful gusts of up to 80mph, causing three deaths and travel chaos.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “The week will get off to a cold start, with ice warnings in Northern Scotland as temperatures dip below zero.
“We should see some cold weather across Northern Ireland and parts of England and Wales.
“It’ll be a bit of a shock to some people on Monday morning but overall it won’t be too bad.
“There could be some coastal gales, with strong winds near the Bristol Channel.
“There could also be snow towards the end of the month if the conditions are right – but it’s unlikely.”
There could be some wintry showers in eastern England to start the day, but these will soon clear.
Later in the day it is expected to turn increasingly windy and cloudy across the far north-west of Scotland, forecasters said.
On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon, although police would not confirm whether the death was weather-related.
On Friday morning a 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.
Road and rail users were faced with delays as a result of the weather with speed limits put in place on the East Coast Main Line and drivers advised to take extra care.
Forecasters warned of snowy weather towards the end of the month as a menacing low pressure system threatens to replicate 2018’s Beast from The East.
Met Office forecaster Jenny Rourke added: “The south and east could become cold after next weekend, most likely with many parts dry, perhaps with some snow, mainly on hills.
“From February 24 to March 10 has the chance of much colder and milder spells.
“Wet conditions following colder weather could give further snowfall, with potential for snow to low levels.”
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