Published On: Sat, Dec 14th, 2019

UK snow forecast: Britain to be smashed by Arctic freeze IN HOURS- major snow storm charts | Weather | News

The Met Office has warned snow and sleet is expected to fall across northern England and Scotland over the next couple of days. Temperatures will fall a couple of degrees below freezing in the north tonight, although it will stay milder further south. There are also yellow warnings in place for ice between 9pm this evening and 11am on Sunday.

The areas affected include Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bangor, in north Wales.

The Met Office warned the slippery conditions could cause travel disruption.

They said: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times.

“Icy surfaces may make accidents and falls more likely.”

Snow charts by weather forecaster Net Weather also show ferocious winds sweeping across northern areas of the UK and even as far down as the Midlands and Wales.

The winds are heading in as part of a Polar vortex from the Arctic as winds gust in from the Atlantic Ocean.

The charts shows widespread shades of red and white.

This means there is a high probability of snow over higher ground across central northern England and Scotland, with the likelihood ranging from 30 per cent up to 100 per cent.

Snowfall is expected to begin just before midnight and continue until around 8am on Sunday morning.

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“However, the south and east should be drier with sunny spells.

“For Tuesday, outbreaks of rain are expected for central and southern areas, with the risk of snow on high ground.

“Northern areas will be drier with sunny spells.”

BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear agreed the UK is facing wintry weather this weekend.

She said: “The band of showers moving across Northern Ireland and northern England will drift their way into the Scottish borders across southwest Scotland overnight.

“We keep the risk of some scattered showers across west faces gales with gale-force winds close to the Channel Islands as well.

“Chilly start to Saturday morning, low single figures for most town and city centres, just below in some rural spots – and that is the theme as we go into the weekend.

“It’s a case of sunny spells and blustery showers, but because it is pretty cold with any elevation, we could see some of those showers turning increasingly wintry.”

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