The UK is set to be smothered in snow this week as the Met Office warns to brace for an Arctic blast that could see temperatures plunging to as low as -10C. The latest weather maps from WXCharts show snow hitting a large part of northern Scotland on Tuesday. A small area of northeast England around Newcastle could also be at risk. But this snow significantly intensifies over the following 24 hours, with the top of Scotland turning icy white, and 3cm of snow forecast to fall in northern areas by around 6pm.
This cold snap rapidly spreads southwards into England during the early hours of Thursday that will see millions of people in England wake up to heavy snow.
The latest weather maps show up to 4cm of snow could be dumped in an hour around the North West by 6am, with 3cm falling in the North East.
This continues to spread throughout Thursday to the point where nearly all of the UK is forecast to be hit by snow, with only London, East Anglia and the south coast escaping.
Friday and Saturday will continue to see persistent snow in all of these areas, with up to 7cm falling in far northern Scotland, 5cm in northeast England and 4cm in the North West around Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.
But the snow once again rapidly picks up pace in the early hours of Sunday, as large parts of the UK weather map turn icy white, with up to 14cm forecast to fall in far northern Scotland.
The huge snow threat continues heading towards the end of the weekend, with 8cm falling in northern England and most of the country receiving at least a dusting of it.
This snow will be triggered by a brutal Arctic freeze, which the Met Office has warned could send temperatures tumbling to as low as -10C.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin said: “Temperatures will start to dip this week, with daytime temperatures struggling to get above freezing in many places from mid-week onwards.
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Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook warned the bitterly cold temperatures – triggered by a mix of high pressure over Greenland and low pressure over Scandinavia – could last until well into December.
He said snow could most of Britain is under threat from snow as the week progresses, with up to 10cm possibly falling in the northern half of Scotland on Wednesday.
The weather expert also forecast temperatures could plunge to as low as -10C in the southern half of Britain, while in other locations, this could fall even lower.
Mr Gaze told Express.co.uk: “The combination of high pressure over Greenland and low pressure over Scandinavia will lead to very cold Arctic air being pulled southwards over the UK during the next few days. Unusually for the UK it looks as though the cold period will last a week or longer.
“Snow is possible anywhere, but in the short term the main risk is in the northern half of Scotland where up to 10cms could fall on Wednesday. A disturbance moving southwards during Thursday may bring a little snow even to parts of central and southern Britain.
“A key feature of this cold spell is likely to be very low temperatures. The combination of very short days, slack pressure patterns and the possibility of snow cover means that it is not out of the question that -20C will be recorded in the Scottish Glens during the next week.
“In the southern half of Britain temperatures will probably plunge to between -5C and -10C in some locations and in the Welsh valleys they may fall below -10C.
“Forecast details become much more uncertain next week, but some computer models are showing areas of low pressure starting to push up from the southwest.
“It is only one possible scenario being shown by computer models at the present time, but if it happens the chance of disruptive snow in the southern half of Britain will increase.”