WEATHER forecasters warn that a -11C arctic blast will blanket the country with up to 13 INCHES of snow will blanket the UK next week.
Forecasters say a freezing weather system from the north will draw in cold air before it moves off and makes way for bitterly cold winds from the east.
Weather news: The heaviest snowfall is expected next Sunday evening when the north of Scotland will be blanketed in up to 13 INCHES[/caption]
Weather charts by WX show that most of the country will be covered in the white stuff overnight on Wednesday next week.
The north west of England will see around 4in (12cm) of snow and even parts of the south east, including London, will get a dusting of about an inch (2.5cm).
By Sunday next week though things will have gotten even heavier, especially over the hills of Scotland where more than 13in (34cm) is set to fall.
Next week looks like bringing further very cold weather and snow which could affect much of the country
And by the next morning, the north of England will also be blanketed in up to 10in (26cm) of snow – likely to make for difficult travel conditions.
Exacta Weather’s James Madden said: “Next week looks like bringing further very cold weather and snow which could affect much of the country.
“Some of this snowfall could be heavy and towards the middle of next week there is the potential for some disruption due to the weather.
“We can expect more of the same through the rest of the month and through much of February.”
Temperatures will widely sink below freezing overnight through next week while daytime highs struggle to rise much above low single figures.
Icy winds over lying snow could make it feel close to -11C (12.2F) in parts of the north later this weekend with ‘feel-like’ temperatures of freezing forecast across the south.
A warm weather front made for milder conditions across the nation today, but things will change from tomorrow when a deep-low pressure system hits tomorrow.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “It becomes more unsettled on Saturday as a low-pressure system moves in from the west bringing rain to most places and strong winds, particularly in the north.
“As this system comes through it will draw cold air in from the north before it moves off to the east bringing Arctic air in as it does so.
“There will be some very strong winds associated with it later on Saturday and on Sunday morning, these could reach gale-force.
“There will be a risk of snow showers in the north with much of the UK turning unsettled as the low passes across the country.”
Freezing winds and settled snow will push the mercury into minus double figures through next week, she warned.
Polar conditions will show no let up through January and into next month when even colder weather could sweep in from the east, she added.
She said: “The start of next week will be on the cold side with the potential for more snow in parts of the UK.
“Monday will see a mix of rain, sleet and snow quite widely as the weather returns to being more wintry.
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“We are expecting very low overnight temperatures which could sink below -10C (14F) where there is lying snow, frosts and the risk of ice.
“The cold weather looks set to continue into February when there is a risk of a more easterly weather pattern developing.”
Britons could be shivering in unusually cold conditions through the rest of winter and into spring, according to some long-range experts.
UK weather: Swathes of the country will be covered in snow on Thursday as freezing air sweeps in from the east[/caption]
Weather forecasters say February will get off to a freezing start – as this chart shows Monday, February 4, will see heavy snowfall across the north of England and Wales[/caption]
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