Snow set to hit UK within a week as freezing Arctic blast takes hold

Temperatures are set to plunge and blankets of snow are going to be dumped across the UK according to winter weather forecasts.

BBC weather forecaster Louise Lear has warned that winter showers are likely to leave high grounds coated in snow in the coming week – while wet and windy weather will hammer the rest of the country.

Reports within the past 24 hours have suggested an “Indian Summer” is to keep the UK warm this weekend – but thunder, rain, gales and now snow and ice are on the heels of the current mild conditions.

Temperatures are expected to plummet after Monday – following on from what has been described as a “miserable” weekend.

Meteorologist Ms Lear told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: "This weekend forecast is pretty miserable, I'm afraid".

She continued: "Expect a lot of wet and windy weather. An indoor day, as my mother used to say."

Predicting the weekend to be mostly wet – but mild – she continued: ”Tomorrow is an unsettled day. We could start off with some pretty wet weather with heavy rain moving into the south.

"The strongest winds on Sunday look to be down across the south, particularly on those exposed coasts where we could see winds in excess of 60mph.

"We will also see plenty of sharps showers being driven in as well.”

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Ms Lear went on to highlight the unseasonably warm weather being seen across the UK this weekend.

She remarked: ”The temperatures will remain on the mild side for the middle of November, around 10C to 14C."

However, she went on to flag that this ‘mild’ weather is about to come to an abrupt end.

She said: "I just want to point out to you what happens as we go into Monday.

"It gets quite interesting. We have more wet weather coming in on Monday. It looks like another unsettled day with scattered showers.

"Once that moves out of the way, temperatures will start to fall away, and into next weekend we draw in a northernly wind.

"It will feel noticeably cooler and I could be talking about snow showers next week."

Reports by WxCHARTS predict snowfall in Scotland from Thursday through to next weekend as Arctic air is expected to bring a severe cold snap to British shores.

The Met Office have also predicted cold weather to be in place as we hear in to December.

They write of cold conditions coming in to play by late November, stating: “Temperatures are probably remaining around average at first, before possibly turning colder than average into December with an increased risk of overnight frosts.

“The chance of wintry precipitation could also be increasing into December, notably for northern higher ground.”

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