The UK is forecast to be smashed by snow this weekend with bone-chilling temperatures taking a stronghold of the nation. The near-freezing conditions will grip the country before a series of weather systems barrel across Britain, increasing the chances of snowfall. Parts of northern England, Wales and Scotland are at risk of snow according to the latest weather charts.
The Netweather charts turned shades of red and white showing snow very likely to hit over higher ground, with central northern England and Scotland expecting the turbulent conditions.
BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear also suggested the UK should brace for wintry weather to strike some parts of the country 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.
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“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 BBC Weather forecaster said Saturday would be a windy day with scattered showers sweeping across the country throughout the afternoon.
She added: “By the end of the day a spell of wetter weather moving across southwest England and Wales, that will turn to snow over higher ground in Wales, northern England, and we keep some snow showers threatening across the mountains of Scotland as well.
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“It will be a cold start potentially to the start of Sunday morning, and it does look as though we will see some sunshine first thing.”
Lear claimed it would be a bright start to Sunday before a further risk of heavy rain and rumbles of thunder in the afternoon across some parts of the country.
Looking towards the weekend the Met Office said: “A spell of rain pushing northwards later on Saturday is expected to bring some snow for northern parts, mainly over higher ground.
“There could be some impacts so warnings may be required nearer the time.”
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A spell of rain pushing northwards later on Saturday is expected to bring some snow for northern parts, mainly over higher ground
BBC Weather forecaster Simon King wrote: “There’ll be some hill snow from showers over the next few days but perhaps something more significant on Saturday night with a few cm’s falling over higher ground of North Midlands, northern England and Scotland.”
The bitterly cold conditions are likely to continue in the country over the next couple of weeks according to the long-range forecasts.
The Met Office has warned of “snow occurring at times” mainly in the north, and over higher ground.
The long-range weather forecast in place from December 18 to December 27 reads: “Rain in the southeast will clear early Wednesday, with drier, brighter conditions following.
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“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.”
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It comes as leading bookmakers slash odds on the UK to see a white Christmas this year.
Coral’s 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.”