Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of the UK with heavy snow forecast tonight as temperatures are set to plunge.

The Met Office has issued several alerts with one predicting weekend snow for Greater Manchester.

Saturday’s yellow weather warning is for snow and ice, covering Scotland and northern England including Greater Manchester.

It’ll be in place from 3am on January 16 until 9pm that night with the Met Office alert warning of potential travel disruption and a small chance of power cuts.

Scotland and parts of north-east England have been hit with an amber warning today, where forecasters say 20cm of snow is likely on high ground.

“Rain will turn to snow across Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and evening, initially on high ground, but increasingly to lower levels,” the warring states.

“During Wednesday evening and night the risk of snow will extend southwards into more of northern England.”

The amber alert is in place from 3pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday, which includes parts of Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, north east England, south west Scotland, Lothian Borders, and Strathclyde.

Forecasters warn of travel disruptions and say that untreated pavements or cycle paths may be dangerous.

Power cuts may also be likely, while other services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.

Meanwhile a yellow weather warning has been in place since 8am this morning until 9pm on Thursday.

It includes parts of Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, south west Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, as well as parts of the north east including Newcastle, and also Derbyshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and parts of Yorkshire and Humber.

“An area of rain pushing north-eastwards is expected to turn snow in places as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern England,” the forecast says.

“At first the main hazard may be of rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes. However snow becomes more likely later Wednesday and at least for a time on Thursday.

“Heavier snowfall is more likely above 100m in Scotland and above 200m in England, where 5-10 cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20 cm on highest routes.

“At lower levels, 2-5 cm of snow may accumulate in places, but the situation remains finely balanced, with the possibility that most lower-lying areas in northern England see rain or sleet rather than snow.”