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Windstorm to miss UK narrowly before Valentine's Day cold snap

The next windstorm to target Europe will narrowly miss the United Kingdom on Saturday before a cold snap settles in for Valentine's Day and Monday.

The stormy pattern that allowed Storms Gertrude, Henry and Imogen to batter the U.K. within a 10-day period has ended. Storms with soaking rain and gusty winds will instead be directed at France into Saturday.

That does not mean that the U.K. will enjoy an extended period of sunshine and mild air. There will still be rainy spells that evolve into wintry showers across the north as cold eventually makes a comeback across the British Isles.

After one depression passes close enough to spread rain over South West England and surrounding areas Thursday night, odd showers will lightly dampen parts of the U.K. on Friday. More numerous snow showers will stream into the hills of northeastern Scotland, threatening to cause slippery travel.

A more potent depression will follow for Saturday, allowing steadier rain to spread across Wales, especially southern areas, and the south of England. This includes Cardiff and London.

"While the rain is not expected to be heavy enough to cause widespread flooding, localized issues are possible as some rivers and streams remain high following Storm Imogen," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

Despite the rain, most of the depression's winds will bypass the U.K. How close the depression tracks to the British Isles will determine if damaging winds graze or narrowly miss the far western tip of South West England as residents continue to cleanup in the wake of Storm Imogen.

The winds will kick up dangerously rough seas in the English Channel, especially in the western half.

Well north of the depression, additional snow showers will occur in the higher terrain of Scotland on Saturday as chilly air begins to plunge southward into the U.K.

For Valentine's Day and Monday, all of the U.K. will be in the midst of a cold snap.

The cold will not be as brutal as what is aiming for the eastern United States with temperatures across the U.K. set to be held to near to slightly below normal. High temperatures in mid-February generally average from 4-8 C (41-47 F) in the lower elevations. Lows hover around 1-4 C (33-39 F).

Away from the coast and the major metropolitan areas of southeastern England, widespread air frost is expected on Sunday and Monday nights. Standing water along swollen rivers could freeze and turn icy.

Brisk winds from Sunday to Monday will create even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures. Residents will definitely want to bundle up before heading to Valentine's Day festivities or dinners.

"It will feel much colder than it actually is due to the wind," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.

Pilot aborts landing at last second because of heavy winds from Storm Imogen

The air will also be cold enough for wintry showers to be scattered across Scotland and the north of England, especially across eastern areas. Odd showers will otherwise dampen the south of England and Wales and be more numerous on Sunday.

"The weather will then moderate Tuesday into Wednesday ahead of a cold front," Richards said. "There will be more sun and less wind, so it will feel milder."

Richards does not expect another named storm to accompany the front.

"The front will slowly move across the U.K. with a period of rain or scattered showers at midweek. It can turn breezy, but there will nothing significant in terms of wind," he said.