Snow hits UK less than 48 hours since the end of September heatwave

Snow has fallen in the UK less than 48 hours since the end of the September heatwave.

Leeds has been left with piles of snow from overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire – and up to two inches of rain and 65mph winds could also hit parts of the UK on Friday.

Severe weather hit parts of the North of England as temperatures plunged to -5C in Scotland just days after a September heatwave which saw the mercury rise to 26C (79F) in southern England.

Parts of Leeds and Bradford were four inches deep in snow as the weather took an extreme turn on Thursday.

Two Met Office weather warnings are in place for Friday east England.

The first, in parts of Lincolnshire and Norfolk, says that accumulations of 20-40mm of rain are expected fairly widely with a few spots possibly seeing up to 60mm of rain.

Another for East Anglia warns that gusts of 45-55 mph are likely at times across parts of East Anglia with 60-65 mph gusts at times in coastal districts.

One social media user said: "From beautiful weather to this in just two days, can't make it up."

Another said this was "typical of 2020".

BBC forecaster Helen Willetts had warned on Wednesday that "gale force winds will usher in clusters of heavy showers, hail and thunder in their midst" on Thursday.

While Jo Farrow, Netweather meteorologist, said an Atlantic low is "throwing further bands of showers" along with "strengthening winds" as the week draws to a close.

She added the colder air "brings the risk of frost, even wintriness in showers over the highest northern peaks".

Forecasters say strong winds will continue to pummel the UK on Friday and it will leave Brits "feeling cold" with widespread frost a possibility.

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