An Amber Alert has been issued for northern counties of the region for Friday, warning us to be prepared for heavy snowfall. 5-10cm is possible widely with 15cm on higher ground of the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands. The reason this has been issued for northern counties is because the snow is expected to be heavier here because of the higher ground the air is much colder.
Elsewhere across the Midlands we will see around 2-5cm of snow. You can see the band of rain sitting out to the west which will sweep eastwards and turn to snow. It will arrive in the West Midlands during the afternoon with a few light snow showers before turning heavier and moving eastwards through the evening. It will be windy too, so snow drifts very likely.
Then it all changes on Saturday, the snow will begin to clear through the morning and most of the day will be dry before a spell of wet and windy weather moves in from the west and introduces milder air. By Sunday we could see highs of 7c.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for the rain on Saturday night and Sunday, it has the potential to cause flooding as the snow melts.
Next week the unsettled theme will continue with more rain, but it won't be as cold, we lose the freezing temperatures.