Arctic blast and more snow on the way as temperatures start to drop
Snow is forecast to fall in parts of Britain on Sunday as a blast of Arctic air hits the country, the Met Office says.
Ice and snow warnings are in force across northern Scotland, with motorists warned to expect some travel disruption.
Forecasters say up to 2 inches of snow could fall in some places by the end of the day.
A separate ice warning is in effect for Northern Ireland on Monday, where “strong northerly winds” will drive showers inland.
Cold air is forecast to remain firmly in place over Britain through mid-week, increasing the chance of snow, the Met Office said.
The weather service says there is a chance of areas of snow moving inland over parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England on Tuesday.
The snow could then spread to southern parts of Britain on Wednesday.
“There are a number of weather systems we are monitoring for Tuesday and Wednesday that will bring the potential for disruptive snow for some regions,” said Chris Bulmer, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist.
“Any weather systems moving through the country next week will mainly cause snowfall inland.
“Models are currently showing us a variety of options for both systems and we will be able to add more details in the coming days.”
The mercury fell to -10.4C in Aviemore, near Inverness, on Wednesday, and temperatures are expected to struggle to rise above 0C in much of the country this week.
Highs of 3 degrees are forecast for Glasgow, 4 degrees in Manchester and 7 degrees in London. South Wales is expected to be the warmest part of the country, with highs of 8 degrees Celsius in the Cardiff region.
On Monday night, temperatures in most urban areas will drop to -1ºC or -2ºC.
On Thursday and Friday, forecasters say it will remain “very cold” with a risk of severe night frost.
The northerly wind sometimes brings snow showers inland, most common in northern Scotland.
Inland it will be mainly dry with lots of clear or sunny weather.
There will likely be a transition to less cold conditions towards the end of the week as Atlantic weather systems begin to arrive from the west.
This will mean a return to unsettled conditions with periods of rain and sometimes strong winds in all areas, forecasters say.
While conditions should gradually become milder, this transition brings the potential for further snow spells.
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