Chilly start to 2023 expected as Met Office predict snow in long range forecast

Brits are bracing for a chilly start to 2023 with snow expected in many parts of the country during the early days of the new year.

Another cold snap is being forecast as a jet stream of icy air blasts its way over from the US, where wind-chill temperatures have plummeted as low as -70C during the past week.

The Met Office has shared images of the cold air path travelling across the Atlantic and predicts that it could result in "unsettled conditions" as 2023 is ushered in this weekend, reports The Mirror.

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Weather maps, meanwhile, are suggesting that snow could return to the UK by the following Sunday (January 8).

The Scottish Highlands could witness up to 9cm of snowfall according to interactive models from WX Charts, which indicate that regions of northern England and Wales could also be covered in the white stuff.

In its long range forecast for January 2 to 11, the Met Office also predicted some snow in the north.

It reads: "Further into the period, changeable conditions are expected to continue. With spells of strong winds for many, interspersed with colder more showery spells, some snow possible in the north, mainly over higher ground, but possible at lower levels."

The predictions come as forecasters issue a warning of heavy rain for parts of Scotland later this week, as wet weather sweeps across the UK.

On Wednesday, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for parts of England and Wales.

The forecaster has also issued a warning from 3am on Friday, for 15 hours, for much of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.

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Meteorologist Simon Partridge said low pressure approaching the UK would see some persistent and locally heavy rain fall in parts of Scotland and northern England.

"We're expecting quite widely up to 30 millimetres of rain but locally, over higher ground, we could see between 60mm and 80mm of rain and, as a result, there is a chance that we could see a little bit of a flooding risk," he said.

He said the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said river levels were reasonably high, and that when rain falls they expected them to react fairly quickly.

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