Snow expected to hit Britain as Arctic front drifts in this week

Snow expected to hit Britain as Arctic front drifts in this week

Following the occasional colder snap so far this winter, the Met Office says that there are now signs that cold winter weather resulting from a sudden stratospheric warming is on the way for the UK.

Temperatures are expected to reach freezing point overnight from Wednesday and could plunge as low as -3C on Thursday.

January 23 - Rain / snow showers.

A blast of Arctic air will bring an end to what has been a mild January for most of the United Kingdom towards the end of the week.

"Another front moves in from the north on Thursday introducing properly cold air to the country and this is when we expect much colder conditions across the UK".

Nolan writes: "It's not until later in the month and through February that the risk of a more prolonged and severe cold spell becomes established, leading to a risk of some heavy snow and disruption".

However the weather will take a U-turn later tomorrow (Tuesday) as cold fronts sweep in from the north, the Met Office said.

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Northeast Scotland saw some snowfall on Monday, and expected rain showers could turn to snow by Friday in western parts of the United Kingdom, she added.

Average daytime temperatures in the south of England will struggle to rise above 6C.

The Met Office said there are signs cold air from the east could make its way to the United Kingdom by the end of the month and into February, but experts do not believe the conditions would guarantee snowfall.

"The week beginning Monday, January 21, there is a stronger signal of it getting colder, that would increase the risk of snow across the United Kingdom".

The Met Office said this is what caused the Beast from the East early previous year - an icy blast of freezing Siberian winds which brought freezing temperatures and heavy snow to much of the UK. Whether cold spells will be brought about by Arctic air arriving from the north or easterly flows arriving from the continent remains uncertain.

He said: "There have been some parts of Europe that have experienced quite significant cold, heavier-than-average snow in countries like Austria and in northern and central Europe".

Ms Diamond said: "Just because the wind is coming from the east does not necessarily mean we are going to see a repeat of previous year".

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