Greater Manchester set to be hit with sleet and snow showers - what time will Storm Caroline arrive?
Greater Manchester is expected to be hit with sleet and snow showers this weekend.
A Met Office alert is due to come into force in the early hours of Friday.
But according to forecasters, the worst of the bitter winter weather resulting from Storm Caroline is not due to hit Greater Manchester until around 6am on Sunday.
Temperatures are also expected to drop to freezing or possibly below, forecasters predict.
Heavy sleet is expected to fall until at least noon on Sunday, with heavy rain showers following until 6pm, before sleet conditions are expected to return.
According to forecasters, light snow showers are also predicted overnight and into Monday, although higher temperatures and some sunshine is expected on Monday.
Temperatures arenât expected to rise to above 3C until well into next week, forecasts say.
The Met Office said snow showers resulting in a covering of up to five centimetres deep are expected, with drifts of up to 20 centimetres likely on high ground.
A Met Office severe weather warning, which is in place across Greater Manchester from 12.05am on Friday morning until 6pm on Saturday night, states: âDuring Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the UK. 2-5 cm of snow is likely fairly widely, with 10-20 cm in places, mainly northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands.
âIcy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight. The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday. Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers.âSource: Google News