Heavy rain is forecast as we say goodbye to 2017

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A weather warning is in place with snow falling across Essex. "Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely", the Met Office warned.

Parts of northern England and Scotland were covered with thick blankets of snow on Friday morning, with the south coast lashed by torrential downpours, lightning and strong winds.

It is expected to be joined by fresh flurries this weekend, and a yellow weather warning for snow tomorrow has been issued by the Met Office. "Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are possible".

Bus and train services will probably be affected along with spray and flooding on some roads making journey times longer.

The Met Office forecast reads: "Heavy rain turning to snow in places".

We are not suspected to see anymore snow just very heavy rain in London so you will need to be extra careful when driving.

"Some delays to air travel due to snow are possible".

A cold, breezy night follows with widespread frost, and a risk of ice.

Although the more persistent heavy rain is now clearing east, with some brighter spells moving in from the west, it will turn increasingly windy across the south, with some squally heavy showers accompanied by hail, thunder and strong, perhaps damaging wind gusts, spreading east across southern counties of England and Wales through the day.

"Roads and pavements will be slippery so if you are walking it could be treacherous, similarly it will be treacherous on the roads that have not been treated or were treated but showers have washed salt away".

"It looks like it is going to be a very chilly end to the year and as a result we have slashed the odds on this month ending as the coldest December on record in the United Kingdom, while we are not ruling out snow in the majority of the country before the end of the week", a spokesperson for the bookmaker said.

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