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According to folklore, March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’.

But the proverb has been turned on its head as Storm Nelson is set to batter the South today, bringing 70mph winds, heavy rain, hail and thunder.

Some snow even fell in parts of Devon and Wales overnight – after accumulations also built up at the other end of the UK in the Scottish Highlands earlier this week.

Officials in Devon said teams had worked ‘all night to keep the roads passable but drive with extreme care, avoid high roads and stick to main roads where possible.’ 

The UK overnight low was -4.9C (23.2F) at the Cairngorm summit in the Highlands, while temperatures in cities including Newcastle and Inverness fell to 0C (32F). 

A wind warning has been issued for between 7am and 6pm, covering coastal areas between Land’s End and Brighton, where the worst of the conditions are expected.

DFDS had to cancel some ferries from Dover to Calais and Dieppe to Newhaven, while Thameslink warned rail passengers that the winds could delay trains today.

The forecast had an impact on London, with Kew Gardens set to close early at 3pm due to the conditions, along with parts of Bushy Park and Kensington Gardens.

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists in the county are warned to take extra care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists in the county are warned to take extra care


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A man photographs waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man photographs waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are told to take extra care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are told to take extra care

People take photos of the waves as Storm Nelson batters the coast at Brighton this morning

People take photos of the waves as Storm Nelson batters the coast at Brighton this morning

A dog walker in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

A dog walker in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

A dog in snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

A dog in snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today amid a warning for drivers across the county

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today amid a warning for drivers across the county

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as holidaymakers prepare for Easter getaways

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as holidaymakers prepare for Easter getaways

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

TODAY: Wet and windy conditions are expected to hit many parts of Britain throughout today

TODAY: Wet and windy conditions are expected to hit many parts of Britain throughout today 

The weather system has been named Storm Nelson by Spanish meteorologists in what could be seen as an ironic gesture about Britain’s victorious vice admiral as it heads for our shores. 

It is the UK’s first named storm since January but the 11th of the current season, which began in September.

Today’s weather warning, issued by the UK Met Office, predicts road, rail, air and ferry disruption, as well as cuts to electricity and mobile phone networks.

Forecasters added: ‘There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.’

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are warned to take extra care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are warned to take extra care

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions 

Snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall today amid the severe weather

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall today amid the severe weather

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

A man watches waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man watches waves as they hit the seawall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Stormy seas batter the defences of the Jurassic Pier at West Bay in Dorset this morning

 Stormy seas batter the defences of the Jurassic Pier at West Bay in Dorset this morning

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall this morning

Harvey and Gemma Campbell with children Jack, Arabella and Primrose at Dartmoor today

Harvey and Gemma Campbell with children Jack, Arabella and Primrose at Dartmoor today

A couple on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset take a selfie during Storm Nelson today

A couple on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset take a selfie during Storm Nelson today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A walker wearing a waterproof jacket on the seafront at West Bay in Dorset this morning

A walker wearing a waterproof jacket on the seafront at West Bay in Dorset this morning

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Swimmers take a dip in the rough seas by the Cobb harbour at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Swimmers take a dip in the rough seas by the Cobb harbour at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Strong waves crash into Dawlish in Devon as Storm Nelson strikes Britain this morning

Strong waves crash into Dawlish in Devon as Storm Nelson strikes Britain this morning

Snow this morning at Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion, Mid Wales, near Aberystwyth

Snow this morning at Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion, Mid Wales, near Aberystwyth

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A dog running with a ball in wet and snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today

A dog running with a ball in wet and snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Horses in snowy conditions on Dartmoor today after snow fell in Devon overnight

Horses in snowy conditions on Dartmoor today after snow fell in Devon overnight

Snow falls over properties in South Wales near the Brecon Beacons this morning

Snow falls over properties in South Wales near the Brecon Beacons this morning

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Stormy seas amid Storm Nelson batter the Cobb harbour wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Stormy seas amid Storm Nelson batter the Cobb harbour wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Describing the weather, the Met Office said: ‘A deep area of low pressure will bring a spell of very windy weather to parts of southwest and then southern England on Thursday.

‘Gusts of 50 mph are expected quite widely, while some exposed coastal spots may experience gusts of 60 to 70 mph, with large waves also likely.

‘The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally showers with the possibility of hail and thunder in some locations.

‘Hail won’t fall everywhere but where it does it can quickly make road surfaces slippery, while surface water and spray are likely to worsen travel conditions rather more widely.’

Dog walkers in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

Dog walkers in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snow covers a car parked in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid in Mid Wales this morning

Snow covers a car parked in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid in Mid Wales this morning

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather 

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

A vehicle is driven through a water-logged lane at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

A vehicle is driven through a water-logged lane at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

The Traffic Wales North & Mid social media account tweeted this picture of snow this morning

The Traffic Wales North & Mid social media account tweeted this picture of snow this morning

Russ Young tweeted a photograph of snow falling on a residential road in Devon overnight

Russ Young tweeted a photograph of snow falling on a residential road in Devon overnight

One social media user tweeted this photograph of snow in Plymouth, Devon, overnight

One social media user tweeted this photograph of snow in Plymouth, Devon, overnight

Another social media user posted a photograph of snow falling overnight in Devon

Another social media user posted a photograph of snow falling overnight in Devon

Snow falls in Devon overnight today as the UK experiences severe weather conditions

Snow falls in Devon overnight today as the UK experiences severe weather conditions

Further north, a separate band of cloud and showery rain will bring damp conditions before clearing this afternoon – followed by more rain later as Nelson moves north-eastwards.

The Met Office added that showers are due to continue into Good Friday, when it is due to be bright and breezy.

Forecasters said showers are due to become ‘more scattered on Saturday and Easter Sunday’ when it should ‘feel warmer in the sunny spells and lighter winds’.

Temperatures in southern England on Easter Sunday could reach highs of 15C (59F) – warmer than the Spanish capital Madrid, which is due to be cool and showery with temperatures of just 10C (50F) on Easter Sunday. 

TODAY: The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow, wind and rain in the UK today

TODAY: The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow, wind and rain in the UK today

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system

GOOD FRIDAY FORECAST: Showers and breezy conditions for Britain this Friday with 14C highs

GOOD FRIDAY FORECAST: Showers and breezy conditions for Britain this Friday with 14C highs

GOOD FRIDAY: The Met Office has warned of 'unsettled' weather for much of Europe this week

GOOD FRIDAY: The Met Office has warned of ‘unsettled’ weather for much of Europe this week

EASTER SATURDAY: Spain and Portugal are likely to see thunderstorms and strong winds

EASTER SATURDAY: Spain and Portugal are likely to see thunderstorms and strong winds

FRANCE: Waves crash into a lighthouse amid Storm Nelson in Les Sables d'Olonne today

FRANCE: Waves crash into a lighthouse amid Storm Nelson in Les Sables d’Olonne today

SPAIN: Waves hit the dock and sailing school at the port in Palma de Mallorca yesterday

SPAIN: Waves hit the dock and sailing school at the port in Palma de Mallorca yesterday

Maximum figures of 14C (57F) are expected as far north as Manchester.

For those travelling over the bank holiday weekend, the RAC have advised drivers to ‘be on their guard’ regarding the changing road conditions.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘Drivers getting away will definitely need to be on their guard and ready to cope with rapidly changing road conditions.

‘Slowing down in the heaviest of downpours on Good Friday and Easter Saturday is a must as stopping distances will be far greater.’

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