Drivers warned of dangerous conditions as Storm Jake heads south


Icy showers will continue to cause dangerous road conditions throughout the weekend, as Storm Jake moves slowly down into the South East.

After heavy snow coated parts of the north of England on Friday, sleet and heavy downpours were set to spread southwards into Saturday.

Rain and sleet is due to fall across London and the South East, threatening to cause hazardous driving conditions on untreated road surfaces on Saturday morning.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for ice and snow in Scotland and the South East until 9am on Saturday, as clear skies this evening will see temperatures plunge below freezing.

In the Midlands, wet snow is likely to create adverse driving conditions well into Saturday afternoon.

Icy driving conditions are likely to hit the North West earliest on Saturday, before thawing shortly after 6am.

Airports across England are likely to be operating as normal, after snow storms on Friday caused Leeds Bradford airport to close temporarily.

Moving into Saturday morning, temperatures will slowly rise above freezing across England, before peaking at around 6C (42.8) by midday. In the far south, brighter spells throughout the morning will see temperature highs of 8C (46.4).

A Met Office forecaster said: "While the winter showers will become patchier through the course of Saturday, they will continue throughout the night until early Sunday morning, when they will begin to stagnate.

"Wintry showers in the North East will begin to subside by the afternoon, as bouts of sunshine across the north will open up as the cold front moves southwards."