Arctic plume brings snow across Britain as meteorologist warns of ‘ice blast’
An Arctic plume is set to bring low pressure across Britain, which could make snowfall “likely” within days.
Conditions are expected to get colder as temperatures drop below zero again.
Those living in northern England and Scotland are likely to see heavy snowfall, according to meteorologist James Madden of Exacta.
He said the UK could see “larger and more significant snow dumps across the highlands of the north”.
The Met Office said this was the lowest autumn temperature so far, bringing a severe freeze to parts of Scotland.
He added that a white Christmas seemed “increasingly likely” and that Britons would soon see more “remarkable winter outbursts”.
“It is now increasingly likely that we will see at least one or two winter flare-ups from late November into the first half of December, but they may become milder or milder later on,” Madden told LBC.
“However, a sudden stratospheric warming event later this month and into December could change that forecast to a cooler, more wintry theme in many parts of the country.”
The Met Office warns that “winter is knocking on the door” after temperatures in Altnahara, Scotland, fell to -6.3C overnight.
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The Met Office said this was the lowest temperature of autumn so far, bringing a severe freeze to parts of Scotland.
Forecasters suggest this evening: “Rain will increasingly be confined to the northern and western coasts leaving plenty of clear periods inland.
“This will result in a cool night with patchy fog and frost developing.”
The cold snap is expected to continue through the weekend with dry but cool conditions.
The Met Office said this was the lowest autumn temperature so far, bringing severe frosts to parts of Scotland.
A spokesperson said: “A dry, bright and cool start to the weekend. The sunshine is turning increasingly hazy as clouds intensify from the west during the afternoon although it remains dry most of the time. I feel cold.”
Before the snow falls, it seems that the British will be exposed to heavy rain early next week.
The Met Office said: “The situation remains mostly unsettled during this period with more rain or longer periods of rain across most, if not all, parts of the UK, interspersed with very short periods of dryness.
“Rainfall totals will be higher in western areas of the UK, especially the coasts and hills, although generally nothing exceptional at this time of year.”