The Met Office has not totally dismissed reports of snow and polar conditions hitting the UK in the coming days but has said at the moment “there aren’t any strong signals” pointing towards “anything substantial”. There are reports a brutal arctic blast could trigger some snow and icy winds around the country as temperatures plummet. One forecaster predicted winter conditions could intensify as early as next week, with the latest weather maps from WXCHARTS suggesting a large region of Scotland and small area of northeast England could see snow on November 18.
More snow could follow 24 hours later on November 19, with up to 2cm of snow covering a large section north of the border.
Next Friday, temperatures could plunge towards freezing in northern Scotland and as low as 5C in southern England next Friday and then a degree or two lower heading into the weekend.
British Weather Services’ senior meteorologist Jim Dale told the Daily Mirror some parts of the UK will likely see a dusting of snow at the very least.
Around a centimetre of snow could reportedly lay in towns between Manchester and Birmingham, increasing to at least 2cm further north, in areas close Newcastle.
Met Office forecaster Matthew Box has not completely ruled out the possibility of snow, predicting some could fall across the tops of the Scottish mountains.
But he emphasised temperatures are likely to return to average for this time year and “there is no signal” for any “substantial” snowfall next weekend.
Mr Box told Express.co.uk: “Never say never but there aren’t any strong signals that it will be a particularly cold period for the UK over the coming week.
“In fact, there has been mild weather this week and as we go into next week, temperatures will come down a little bit, but it will still be on the mild side.
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“We’ll see a more westerly pattern in the weather with lows in the Atlantic, bringing spells of rain and sunnier intervals as well.
“It will probably be rather changeable but at the moment, I suspect temperatures as we go into next weekend will be around average for this time of year.
“But given that it is returning to average for the time of year, and we get slightly colder weather across the far north of Scotland, we may see some snow over the summit of the Scottish mountains but as for anything substantial, there is no signal for that.”
British Weather Services’ senior meteorologist Jim Dale had been more optimistic over the possibility of snow falling towards the end of next week and into the following weekend.
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He told The Mirror: “There will be some limited snow in the northwest highlands by November 17 in the northern Pennines.
“It will be just a dusting for now, but a growing threat for Scotland on November 19 and 20. It will be colder for all, though, within that period.”
“It’ll be notably colder in south east but nothing out of the ordinary for the time of year. This will be caused by the movement south of the jet stream – pulling in moderated polar air from Greenland and Iceland way.”
The Met Office’s weather forecast for the period November 16-25 warns of heavy rain and severe gales that later be mixed in with sunnier spells.
Higher pressure sweeping in towards the end of that period will likely trigger loger spells of dry and settled weather, with temperatures remaining around normal for this time of year.
The forecast says: “On Wednesday, clear spells and showers for many, locally heavy with the risk of thunderstorms. A band of heavy rain will affect the southwest later, accompanied by strong winds and coastal gales, spreading across all parts overnight.
“For the end of the week, unsettled conditions are likely to continue with outbreaks of rain or showers. The wettest conditions are expected in the west, with strong winds and the potential for severe gales.
“Continuing through the rest of the period, further spells of rain interspersed with brighter spells are likely, with gales possible.
“Driest conditions are likely towards the east. Towards the end of the period, high pressure may become increasingly influential, likely bringing longer spells of dry and settled weather, with lighter winds. Temperatures are likely to remain around normal.”