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More snow set to fall in UK as killer Storm Erik continues to wreak havoc

Brits can expect plenty of wind and rain today – and more snow could be set to fall overnight.

Forecasters expect there to be showers in the south but this could make way for sunny spells as the day progresses.

It is also expected to be wet and windy in the north and Northern Ireland, with the west country and Wales also set for more rain.

And there could be some snow in high places in the southeast overnight, the Met Office has said.

However after a frosty start Monday is expected to be dry and cloudy across the UK.

It comes after gusts of up to 80mph hit the UK as Storm Erik blew across the country, causing deaths and delaying the transport network.

On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon, although a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm whether the death was weather-related.

On Friday morning a 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.

Road and rail users were faced with delays as a result of the weather with speed limits put in place on the East Coast Main Line and drivers advised to take extra care.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Saturday covering much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland.

A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland.

The Met Office said wind speeds of 75mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 74mph in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, adding that across the rest of the country gusts between 40 and 50mph were typical.

London North Eastern Railway said an 80mph speed restriction was placed on trains between Leeds and York because of the wind, meaning journeys were delayed.

Speed restrictions were also placed on trains between Newcastle and Carlisle, according to rail operator Northern.

Traffic on the Dartford Crossing over the River Thames was restricted to two lanes and speeds of 30mph because of the weather, Highways England said, and the A20 near Dover remains closed while a CCTV mast that had been seen swaying in the wind above the carriageway is repaired.

One lane was closed on the Severn Bridge between South Wales and south-west England due to the strong winds, and the A548 was closed in both directions around Mostyn, north Wales, because a tree had fallen across the carriageway.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunday:

There will be rain across the south clearing eastwards early in the afternoon to leave sunny spells and showers, perhaps thundery.

Rain in the far north and also for Northern Ireland into northern England and Wales is expected later. It will be windy in the north and west.

Tonight:

The Met Office has forecasted rain with some hill snow moving southeastwards across central and southern England and Wales, with strong winds. There will be showers in the north, some wintry with the risk of frost and ice.

Monday:

It will be mainly dry with sunny periods, becoming cloudier and windy across the northwest later.

It will feel pleasant in the sunshine, especially in the south, after a frosty start.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

It will be largely dry and bright in the south, but experts expect it to be cloudier and windier further north with rain at times.

It will be milder than it has been, but there will be the risk of overnight frost, and fog in the south.

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