Snow to sweep across England and Wales this week as temperatures plunge
Snow will sweep across England and Wales this week as temperatures plunge.
Britain is set to be battered by heavy rain all weekend before the milder weather is replaced by bitter temperatures and snow early next week.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “There is potential later on Tuesday into the early part of Wednesday that there could be snow mainly over high ground, but it could be at slightly lower level.
“That will be more central parts of England and Wales, so one to watch – late on Tuesday and into early Wednesday, keep an eye on the threat of any sleet or snow across England and Wales.”
This weekend will start off with highs of 11C and lows of 6C in Scotland and northern England.
However, in Newcastle temperatures could drop to as low as 5C today and there will be heavy rain across the north-west.
Today most of England and Wales should expect wet, windy and cloudy conditions.
Wet weather will continue throughout the day as rain will be heavier, making it a blustery night.
It will be a much milder start on Sunday with temperatures still chillier in the north.
The Met Office said: "Wet and rather windy weather will move east across many areas this morning, with hill fog.
"Skies brighten later.
"However, central and northern Scotland look brighter throughout, with showers towards the north and west.
"It will be mild south, colder further north.
"Further rain will move from the southwest across most areas overnight.
"However, northern Scotland may stay largely dry with some frost.
"The south should become drier, albeit windier again later."
Polar conditions threaten to spawn blizzards and snow to parts of the UK from next week through the middle of the month.
The extended cold snap could last through December and into the start of 2019, it is claimed.
The Met Office said: "From Sunday rain and mountain snow will gradually ease in the north, with skies brightening later.
"Elsewhere it looks windy with bright spells and showers, showers mainly affecting Wales and southwest England.
"From Monday to Wednesday, the south will be wet and windy at times.
"Rain may spread north later, with some hill snow.
"Otherwise, northern areas will have sunshine and showers, some wintry.
"There will be overnight frost."
The cold weather will be a start of things to come for the following week, as snow is forecast from Tuesday.
Meanwhile temperatures are set to drop as low as 5C in northern parts of the country.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and north Wales and north England could see some snow from next week.
In particular this will be over high ground, but will not be particularly disruptive.
Meanwhile in the south, it will be cold and wet instead of wintery.
Most of the snow will be over higher ground, in the north and in the mountains.
Brits will enjoy highs of 13C in the south-east on Monday.
However the cold snap will take hold in the north with temperatures of 7C, which will decrease to 5C on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a cold front will continue to take a hold in the north, however the south will be warmer.
Forecaster Luke Miall told the Standard: “It looks like as we go through into early December it’s going to remain quite unsettled.
“It looks at the moment like many areas will be milder and colder temperatures will be restricted in northern areas of the country.
“A lot of December looks like it may be a milder wetter scenario.”
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