Yorkshire weather warning upgraded

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Another cold snap - this time dubbed the "mini beast from the east" - is set to arrive, with temperatures tumbling in Suffolk and Essex.

"Sunday will see a fairly widespread yellow warning for snow across a good chunk of England, and also parts of eastern Wales".

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: 'On Saturday that snow band in the East starts to move further south - including affecting the South East and London.

"Bitterly cold is the best way to describe it - temperatures on the face of it probably just around freezing but with wind it's going to feel well below freezing".

There are two Status Yellow Warnings in place this morning from Met Eireann for strong winds and rain.

Scotland has been warned to expect more snow.

Will the "Mini Beast from the East" makes its presence felt this weekend?

Meteorologists believe it will be another day of snowy showers, with the potential for disruption if the snow lays.

But those fearing a return of the blizzard conditions that paralysed roads at the beginning of the month need not panic. "Some injuries from slips and falls are possible on icy surfaces".

"Some snow is likely even to low levels by late Friday evening with a very patchy 1-2 cm possible in places".

Blackpool swerved the worst of the "Beast from the East" and has only seen a small amount of snow this winter.

Amber warnings are in place for between 4pm on Saturday afternoon and 9am on Sunday morning, with up to 15cm of snow expected over the East and West Midlands, North West England and Yorkshire and Humber.

"There is a chance some rural communities will be cut off".

St. Patrick's Day is set to be a cold and windy day that will continue to get colder through the day, with scattered showers progressively turning more wintry. Blustery easterly winds will add a significant wind chill.

There is also a chance of some isolated snow showers on Saturday. We'll be working hard with Network Rail to keep the tracks free of snow and ice but if the weather is worse than expected, there may be some disruption and short notice changes.