The current milder weather many of us have had recently is going to give way to a short, sharp, cold snap lasting through Friday and into Saturday.
We’ll see heavy showers across Sheffield today according to the Met Office, with highs of ten degrees Celsius and lows of three degrees.
As we head into Saturday, the temperature will start to drop in the early hours, with sleet and snow forecast in some areas.
Met Office chief meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “Bands of showery rain will continue to cross the UK before cold air from the north pushes across the country on Friday.
“A cold front will bring a band of rain and blustery conditions for many, and there will be a marked drop in temperatures, with some places seeing a fall of 5 or 6 C between today and Friday. There will be some wintry showers in places with some lying snow possible at times over hills further north.”
Saturday will start cold with a risk of frost in places before we start to see a return to a south-westerly airflow bringing milder, wetter conditions, especially in the west, for the rest of the weekend and the start of next week.
Met forecast in full:
After a dry bright start turning wet and windy through the morning with periods of rain, occasionally heavy, pushing across the region. Skies will brighten late morning onwards with sunshine and showers developing, wintry over hills. Feeling colder. Maximum temperature 11 °C.
Windy with further showers merging into longer spells of rain. Showers turning wintry, especially over high ground where snow accumulations are likely in places. Widespread sharp frost and icy stretches. Minimum temperature -3 °C.
Cold, bright and breezy on Saturday with wintry showers fading quickly. Any snow accumulations melting. Sunny spells during the afternoon before cloud thickens later allowing some overnight rain over hills. Maximum temperature 11 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Windy and milder on Sunday with periods of rain. On Monday gales on hills and further rain. Drier further east. Rain on Tuesday giving way to drier, brighter, colder weather.