BBC Weather warned a new band of snow could create disruption to commuters travelling during rush hour because of heavy overnight snowfalls.

BBC Weather presenter Chris Fawkes said: “Looking on the satellite picture this area of clouds just to our West is going to be bringing a mixture of rain and some heavy snow for some of us overnight tonight.

“We are expecting rain to turn into snow overnight with the heaviest falls across Northern Ireland, Scotland and across Northern England, particularly over high ground. But this snow could cause some problems out and about for the early morning rush hour to work.”

BBC Weather said most of the country will see a mixture of rain, sleet and snow on Monday and through to Tuesday morning.

Latest forecast show several parts of Scotland and Northern England experiencing heavy snow as the cold weather front approached Britain.

Mr Fawkes continued: “Around 5 to 10cm of snow are expected across higher parts of Scotland and even lower down we could see a few centimetres across the central belt.

“All of this easy enough to cause some transport disruption. Back to 10cm across the higher parts of Northern Ireland and there also will be some snow over the Cumbrian Fells, the peaks and the Pennines for a time.

“Even in the south we could see a little bit of snow mixed in with this band of rain as it pushes its way eastward.”

The Met Office has a yellow “be aware” warning for ice in force between 3 am and 3 pm on Tuesday, February 13 in North West England, South West England, Wales, South West Scotland and the Lothian Borders.

According to the Met Office, a band of rain and snow will “increasingly turn to snow at lower levels as it moves East through Tuesday morning and early afternoon.”

The warning continued: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by snow with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. Some flooding on roads is also possible.”

Weather maps from Weather Outlook suggest Scotland and parts of the northwest will get a dusting of snow today at midday, moving slightly further south before clearing altogether by 9 pm.

The entire UK could be covered in snow at midday on Tuesday, with heavy levels indicated to fall on the western coast of Scotland at around 6 am.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said:“A squally system comes in on Tuesday bringing heavier bursts of rain and some more strong winds, there will be a further risk of snow especially across the northern half of the country.

“It is a similar picture on Wednesday with more heavy showers, we could see 40 to 50mm of rain over high ground in Wales and the southwest; there will be further gales and strong winds which could reach inland.

“By the end of the week, we are back into a colder Polar maritime airmass bringing a further mix of wintry showers.”

Meteogroup said the weather chaos could spread elsewhere in the UK this week.

A band of rain, sleet and snow will push eastwards across Britain tomorrow, bringing gales to southern coasts of England.

Drier and brighter conditions will develop in western parts later on, but there will still be wintry showers for western Scotland.

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