“The Troll from Trondheim” hits Britain with a snowstorm reaching 10 degrees Celsius
Britain is back on alert for an attack in the Arctic amid warnings to prepare for the return of the “troll from Trondheim”.
Mild spring-like temperatures are about to give way to an imminent snow blast of up to -10°C in Scandinavia.
A “big change” in the return to winter has prompted government meteorologists to issue a week-long raft of severe weather warnings.
Temperatures will drop over the coming days before the weekend brings the risk of widespread snowfall.
Temperatures are set to drop to -10 degrees Celsius
Bitter winds will blow from Scandinavia to raise the specter of last winter’s cold, “The Troll of Trondheim.”
Jim Dale, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We are about to see a big change from mild weather.
“Cold air will flow in this week, and at the weekend we could see temperatures of up to -10°C in Scotland with the risk of frost spreading more widely, and the risk of snow falling further south, possibly into Wales and northern England.
Instead of “Beast from the East”, this is similar to last winter’s “Troll from Trondheim”, coming from the north and Scandinavia where they endured an absolute beast this winter.
“The elf will be well-fed and very strong when he arrives.”
He said Scotland’s highlands and hills would be first in the line of fire for snowfall this week.
He warned that snow could hit most parts of the country by the middle of the month, except for the far south and southeast.
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Bitter winds will blow from Scandinavia
“People have to be prepared for disruption,” he said.
“There is a 100 per cent chance of heavy snow falling over Scotland, with snow in East Anglia, the south-east and the south-west only 10 per cent away.
“From the weekend onwards, this is the time when cold air pushes in and brings the risk of more widespread snowfall.”
A Met Office warning of up to eight inches of snowfall is in effect on Thursday across the East Midlands, East England, North East and North West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
Government meteorologists warn of travel disruption, power outages, cell phone outages and the risk of power outages in rural areas.
The forecast may change during the week, with more places affected by the winter blast, according to the Met Office.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said: “There is an increasing signal of winter risks as we move through the week as cold air from the north moves over the UK.
“Beginning Thursday, the snow threat becomes more influential, as milder air attempts to return from the south, colliding with cold air and increasing the chance of snow on the leading edge.
“The initial snow risk appears higher in northern England and Wales from Thursday.”
The mercury will broadly drop to freezing or just above this week, while bitter winds across Scotland will keep temperatures near -12C.
A low pressure system coming in from the Atlantic will collide with cold air over the UK later this week increasing the risk of widespread snowfall, according to James Madden of Exacta Weather.
He said: “It will spread northwards throughout Thursday and leave a blanket of snow across large parts of northern England, Scotland and some central areas initially.
“Question marks still surround this second snow event, and whether or not it will affect areas further south.”