Gale force winds to blast mild temperature away before white weekend of snow

The UK is set to be battered by staggering gale force winds today which will blast mild temperatures away and prepare us for a white weekend of snow.

Gusts are expected to surpass 80km/h today in what could be one of the windiest days of the year.

WX Charts forecast that, due to a low pressure system working its way towards us from the Atlantic, northern parts of England could see chilly gusts of 82km/h by the afternoon.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be bombarded by gusts of around 70 to 75km/h, whereas wind speeds in southern regions should peak in the 60s.

Terry Scholey, a Netweather meteorologist, said: "As an active depression approaches Northern Ireland from the west, all parts see a southerly wind freshening after dark."

The chill brought in by this wind will keep temperatures low today, with highs of 15C only in the south according to the Met Office.

Northern regions of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will likely struggle to top 12C.

With the wind comes heavy showers today, largely in Scotland but also Northern Ireland and England as the day progresses, before rain makes way for something more solid over the weekend.

The Met Office's long range forecast has been teasing "wintry conditions" from this weekend for sometime now, and the coming gales may just create the perfect conditions for the white stuff.

WX Charts predict that later in the month we will see two to four inches of snow across the UK, but as of this weekend it could start coming down in high regions of Scotland.

The Met Office have said there is an "increasing chance of some wintry conditions" in higher regions and a "slight risk to lower levels".

Tropical Storm Wanda is currently fizzling out over the Atlantic as it lurches towards the UK and is to blame for the extreme weather.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Harris told the Mirror: "Tropical Storm Wanda is not too far from the UK – and may indirectly influence the forecast early next week."

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