Britain will be battered by unsettled, cold and windy weather tonight and through the weekend, according to the Met Office. Near-freezing conditions are due to ripple across the country and take hold of parts of the UK. Britain will plunge to polar temperatures due to a trio of storms unleash snow across the country.
A deep freeze is forecast to tear across parts of the country in the two weeks to Christmas.
Charts from weather forecaster Netweather reveal temperatures will plummet to -7C in some areas.
By Saturday, there is a 100 percent chance of snow in parts of Scotland, while much of west England and Wales will face a snow risk of up to 90 percent.
The Netweather charts shows widespread shades of red and white, indicating the high probability of snow over higher ground across central northern England and Scotland.
BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear indicated the UK should expect wintry weather to strike 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.”
The Met Office long-range forecast predicts the unsettled cold weather to continue.
The forecast reads: “Rain in the southeast will clear early Wednesday, with drier, brighter conditions following.
“Away from the east and southeast, there could be some overnight frost and freezing fog.
“Feeling cold with some winter sunshine. In the west, there could be more cloud and outbreaks of rain.
“Thereafter, it will turn milder and unsettled again as further bands of rain and strong winds edge in from the west.
“Changeable and sometimes windy conditions will probably last for the rest of the period.
“Most of the rain will probably be in the west with drier spells more likely in the east and southeast. Snow may occur at times in the north, mainly on high ground.
“There remains a chance of brief drier, colder interludes, with an increased risk of frost and fog.”
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on a white Christmas.
Coral predicts the odds of a white Christmas anywhere in the UK at 4/6 odds, in Aberdeen at 5/2 odds, Glasgow at 3/1, Manchester at 4/1 and London at 5/1.
Coral spokesman John Hill said: “We are less than two weeks away from Christmas Day now and the betting strongly indicates we could be set for a White Christmas.
“Certain cities have a greater chance of seeing snow, most notably Aberdeen and Glasgow, however, we have seen strong money in the betting for the white stuff to come down in Manchester and London.”