UK snow forecast: Britain to freeze as Scandinavian cold snap to unleash CHAOS this week

Arctic air from the north is expected to plunge southwards from Scandinavia this week and could blast wintry weather. WXCharts’ snow probability models show a 20 to 50 percent chance of snow between a five day period of Thursday, November 19 to Monday, November 23. The charts turn blue in northern regions of the UK, including central Scotland and as far down as Northumberland and Cumbria.

Temperatures are also expected to drop freezing lows of 0C in central and western Scotland at the end of this week.

The north-east is likely to face a chilly 3C and further south in London, there may be lows of 4C.

The BBC’s long range forecast said that despite a milder start, the rest of November could be hit with a cold snap due to “high pressure shifting to the west of the UK more often and deeper low pressure areas forming over Scandinavia”.

The forecast between Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 22, said: “Wet weather will especially affect the north and west, heavy and prolonged for a time.

“But this will clear the UK late on Wednesday.

“A change by Friday, as winds swing into the north-west.

“Colder air moving in for a couple of days, so the threat of some frost in the north and some wintry showers.

“More wet weather will sweep east across England and Wales on 21 and 22.”

The BBC’s forecast added the wintry weather could stay until December.

The forecast between Monday, November 30 to Sunday, December 13 said: “A severe and sustained cold spell over the UK in the first half of December currently seems unlikely.

“Deep areas of low pressure frequently passing eastwards between Scotland and Iceland, into Scandinavia, will prevent a sustained period of cold Arctic winds from firmly establishing.

“Nevertheless, we should be wary of a couple of short-lived cold snaps, when winds swing into the north for a few days.

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The Met Office added unsettled weather over the next week may bring colder conditions.

The forecast between Thursday, November 19 and Saturday, November 28, said: “Unsettled weather by Wednesday bringing outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, for the North and the northwestern parts of the country.

“During the rest of the week unsettled conditions continue with spells of rain followed by brighter, showery interludes.

“In the northwest, rain, strong winds and gales at times.

“During late November more settled conditions may establish in central and southeastern areas where it will be mainly dry and sometimes bright.

“Temperatures look to be mild on Wednesday, but they are likely to return to near the seasonal average by the end of next week, with an increased risk of overnight frosts.

“There is a chance that drier brighter conditions may extend UK-wide at times.

“Although uncertain, temperatures are looking to become colder by the end of this period.”

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