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Yellow warning of windy weather on Easter Saturday

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds in the Anglia region on Easter Saturday.

The warning is valid from 11am on Saturday 26 March until 9pm

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Easter Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning that there is a possibility of localised travel disruption.

A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by a band of heavy rain will move east across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon and early evening.

This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to inland areas, perhaps 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills, as well as on the passage of the cold front, when heavy rain could also produce some very localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office says: "Please be aware of the possibility of localised low levels of disruption to Easter travel plans and other holiday activities."

"An active frontal zone is expected to move east across the country through Saturday, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and one or two spells of heavy rain.

"Whilst expected wind gusts will not be unusual for March, the fact that it is Easter may lead to a few extra problems.

"Winds should ease markedly as the front clears through, particularly in the south."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

This is an update to the warning issued on Friday, delaying both start and end times.

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Weather warning of heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in force for heavy rain and in the risk of flooding in parts of the Anglia region on Wednesday.

The warning is valid until 3pm and covers Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and parts of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

A yellow weather warning is in force for Wednesday in parts of the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says persistent rain, heavy at times, is expected from the early hours of Wednesday, continuing during the morning before slowly easing in the afternoon.

Accompanied by windy conditions, this rain is likely to produce some flooding and difficult driving conditions.

"A depression developing west of Britain during Tuesday afternoon is expected to reach southwestern UK late on Tuesday evening or very early Wednesday and then continue slowly eastwards into southern England before turning south and gradually moving away into France later on Wednesday.

"The associated frontal system is expected to be an active feature associated with some heavy rain and hill snow, whilst the highest winds are expected in the southwestern quadrant of this depression.

"Widespread rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are expected, and very locally 50 to 60 mm could fall."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

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Snow warning for the East of England

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice for the East of England.

The warning covers Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk from 7pm tonight until tomorrow morning.

There also a warning of ice covering the same period for Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

The Met Office has issued snow warnings for the East Credit: Met Office

You can find more details on the Met Office website by clicking here.

Ice warning for region overnight

The Met Office has issued an ice warning for the East of England tonight.

It covers Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk & Thurrock from 2100 Sat 05 March to 0900 Sun 06 March.

Watch: Large flakes of snow falling over Norwich on Wednesday

This video footage of a snow shower over Norwich was captured by the roof camera on top of the ITV Anglia newsroom and Weatherman Aidan McGivern's mobile phone.

The large, wet flakes settled briefly onto cars and grass surfaces before melting. More wintry weather is expected during the next few days, keep up to date here.

Viewers pictures of the dramatic weather elsewhere in the Anglia region are shown below. You can send your pictures of angliaweather@itv.com.

Simon Rickman suffered 10 to 15 minutes of sleet, snow and thunder during his postal round in Raunds, Northamptonshire. Credit: Simon Rickman
A hailstorm in Oulton Broad at around 2pm Wednesday afternoon. Susan Mitchell also reported thunder at around the same time. Credit: Susan Mitchell
A hailstorm in Oulton Broad at around 2pm Wednesday afternoon. Susan Mitchell also reported thunder at around the same time. Credit: Susan Mitchell
Mammatus clouds over Peterborough. These are caused by strong turbulence within beefy shower clouds (Cumulonimbus clouds). Cold air bulges out from the underside of the cloud as it descends through the sky. Credit: Joy Lambe
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