Wintry levels at high today

Wet and windy across the Midlands today Photo: ITV Central

A cold start today with cloud building ahead of the next frontal system which is making progress from the NW.

By 3pm the line of rain on the front will be lying in an imaginary line from The Wash to Bournemouth, the heaviest rain to the NW of that.

Lows of minus 1 degrees this morning Credit: ITV Central

At higher levels this may turn wintry, especially over the Peak District, Derbyshire and parts of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. 2-4cm of lying snow through the Peak District.

Heavy rain is expected this afternoon across the Midlands Credit: ITV Central

Winds, but not from the Arctic, temperatures of 4 or 5c proving irrelevant in the wind. You may have difficulty holding onto a brolly.

Friday morning, rain clears later, so sunny spells and scattered showers for most. Showers again falling as snow over hills. Above 2-400m of snow likely over the Peak District, Lincolnshire Wolds. Showers become confined to the North Sea by evening.

It should be brighter by the weekend Credit: ITV Central

High pressure builds in for the weekend, so fine, sunny, cold by day, with widespread frost by night and a definite wind chill.