GLASGOW could see a sudden flurry of snow today, forecasters have warned.
Although the west of Scotland will be spared the worst of the weather over the weekend, rain could turn to wintry showers from midday.
A Met Office yellow warning was in place for snow in Glasgow from noon today until around midnight, however the snowfall is likely to be heaviest in higher ground.
Forecasters said milder conditions are expected over the weekend, with some rain and moderately strong winds.
Meanwhile flood victims are bracing themselves for yet more misery as heavy rain, wind and snow is set to batter parts of the UK.
Forecasters warn that the appalling conditions which have ravaged communities show no signs of abating, with heavy rain expected today and tomorrow.
A “multi-pronged attack” of wind, rain and snow is expected to strike today, with heavy rain leading to more potential flooding as downpours of up to 40mm could fall in just six hours, with gusts of up to 70mph, a Met Office spokesman said.
Around 56,000 households remain without power after gusts of up to 108mph battered parts of the country in the “Wild Wednesday” storms, which left one man dead and hundreds stranded as transport networks were hit.
Communities in southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as heavy rain is expected.
The Environment Agency (EA) still has 16 severe flood warnings – which mean a risk to life – in place in the Thames Valley and Somerset, as well as 128 flood warnings across England and Wales.
As well as surface water problems the rain could also impact on already full to bursting rivers while some coastal areas could be at risk as blustery conditions could bring large waves.
In the highlands of Wales, northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the rain could turn to snow, with 5cm to 10cm falling above 300m and perhaps as much as 20cm above 400m.
EA chief executive Paul Leinster said: “We are continuing to see the very real and devastating impacts that flooding can have on communities and businesses. We know the distress that flooding can cause and are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts.
“Some communities will see a brief respite today, but unfortunately the risk of flooding will continue. We ask people to remain vigilant and take action where necessary.”
EA programme director Toby Willison later told a Whitehall press briefing:
“I expect we will see hundreds of properties looking to flood.”