Fog weather warnings on first day of spring before SNOW hits in -1C polar plunge

FOG warnings were in force today on the first day of spring – and snow is on the way.

Parts of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands were blanketed in fog this morning.

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And snow is set to hit the UK next week, the Met Office warned.

Temperatures are to plunge to -1C on Saturday after thousands of Brits hit beaches and parks to soak up the 13C over the weekend.  

"With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts," the Met Office forecast for this weekend.

Other areas will mostly stay fine and dry, however, with spells of rain and stronger winds predicted for the north and west.

WX Charts predicts a band of snow – stretching from Norfolk to Dorset – could blanket some areas.

It would mean Birmingham, parts of the West Midlands and Wales, Gloucestershire, parts of Somerset, Bristol and Dorset, could see the white stuff from March 9.

And the wintry weather could continue into April, with the Met Office saying "a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas".

Meteorologist Grahame Madge told SomersetLive: "It's possible that we could get snow in March.

"In fact, it's more likely we will get snow in March than in December."

He added: "I can see the weather system that is causing the excitement, but it’s too far away and too uncertain to have any indication yet.

"It is unlikely to see an easterly weather front coming across, but a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas."

It comes as the Met Office dismissed reports of a "snow bomb" in March.

Experts rubbished claims that a massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain this month just weeks after February's 18C warm snap.

A spokesperson said: "There is nothing like that in our immediate forecast, or in our longer 30-day outlook which can be seen on our website homepage."

Over the weekend lockdown-weary Brits hit beaches and parks across the UK to bask in the 13C sunshine despite warnings.

Health officials have urged people to keep following the "stay at home" order and to not be tempted by the glorious weather outside.

Crowds in Exeter sat alongside the River Exe enjoying the warm weather while watching the sunset.

The sun-basking Brits were pictured sitting in groups of more than three people breaking the current lockdown restrictions in place.

Since January 4, Brits have not been allowed to leave their home to meet socially with anyone that is not in their support bubble or is not in their household.

Brits are also advised to stay two metres apart from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

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