WEATHER ALERT: Remnants of Storm Stella to drift in from US and batter South Yorkshire

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South Yorkshire's mild spring weather will come to a dramatic end as Storm Stella is expected to bring cold temperatures, gale force winds and heavy rain after battering the US.

The blizzard, which claimed the lives of two men in Milwaukee, is expected to hit the UK on Friday with heavy rain and winds of nearly 50mph set to batter the region over the weekend.

The area has enjoyed balmy temperatures of up to 14C this week will see temperatures plunge by Friday, struggling to reach 8C.

Forecasters say there will be heavy rain on Friday from 3pm onwards right through into Saturday morning. The downpour will return again on Sunday morning and will last until early evening. Gale force winds of up to 44mph are also expected on Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said the predicted turn is due to “remnants” of Storm Stella making its way across the pond from the US in the coming days.

He said: "From late Thursday till Sunday it will turn wet and windy across the country and this will last thorough the weekend.

But he added the storm will be far “weaker” and will not be as “ferocious” as America has experienced.

Mr Keates said: "After the mild weather of the last few days, conditions will be turning much more unsettled towards the end of the week.

“This leads into an unsettled weekend and much of the first part of next week too.

“It will be becoming cooler for all with some heavy showers and rain at times, most in more northern areas.”