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Winter returns this weekend

Staffordshire's signs of spring Photo: Alan Breward

Spring might be just around the corner but winter isn't done with us yet with freezing cold conditions on the way. We go from 15c a few days ago to 2c next week!

What's more we have more rain on the way that could turn wintery as the temperature drops.

Today a band of rain is heading northwards giving us lots of cloud and drizzly, patchy light rain. It's not too cold just yet we are still seeing highs of 8c.

The rain will continue this evening before we have a few hours of drier weather. Then in the early hours the next rain band will make headway, it's currently edging our way from France. Temperatures will remain mild with lows of 5c and it will be frost-free.

Radar image today Credit: ITV News Central

Tomorrow will be grey and gloomy and remain that way through the day. It will begin dry in northern counties of the region but by lunchtime all of us will see the rain and it is likely to be heavier than the rain we have today. It will feel fairly mild despite these conditions with highs of 11c.

Radar image tomorrow Credit: ITV News Central

The rain band will stall across The Midlands on Saturday giving us a cloud and wet day with slightly cooler temperatures. Gradually on Saturday the rain will move northwards but only to move back in to the region for Mother's Day, we just can't shake it off!

So expect a cloudy day on Sunday with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. Add to that an easterly wind and it is going to feel so much cooler with highs of 4c. It's possible due to the cold air that the rain could turn to sleet in some locations, this is most likely in the Peak District.

Outlook Credit: ITV News Central

Looking further ahead and temperatures will dip even further next week with daytime highs of 2c and a return to overnight frosts. We can't rule out some snow flurries too especially across eastern areas. We are not expecting any disruptive snowfall just a few flakes in the air.

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