UK weather forecast: Sub-zero temperatures will dump inches of snow across the country
A brutal winter blast forecast to hit in under a fortnight threatens to grind Scotland, northern and central England to a standstill. Blizzards driven by sub-zero polar gales will dump inches of snow across swathes of the country closing roads and throwing transport networks into chaos. Explosive low-pressure systems charging in from the Atlantic will clash with cold air over the UK triggering hailstorms and outbreaks of thundersnow, experts warn.
Thermometers will nosedive as icy winds veer in from the North Pole and eastern Europe amid forecasts bitter weather could hold out until Christmas.
It comes as Britain wraps up for a chilly blast which will bring the first snow of the season to parts of the country this week.
Temperatures will widely sink below freezing with numbing winds making it feel close to -8C (17.6F) in some regions by the end of this week.
UK weather forecast: -8 windchill by the end of this week
However the worst is yet to come with warnings severe winter weather will unleash widespread chaos before the end of November.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “We are about to enter a much colder period of weather which will bring wintry showers to parts of the country.
“This is going to pave the way for a much more severe cold spell during the final part of November when we could see more significant and widespread snowfall.
“This could reach southern Britain and looking further ahead into December there are signals for a colder than average month.
“There are likely to be some more potent and widespread snow showers during the run up to Christmas some of which could be disruptive in nature.
“All in all we are looking at a very cold and at times snowy start to the meteorological winter, certainly a stark change to the relatively mild conditions we have seen so far.”
A plume of supercooled air from the northeast is about to plunge Britain into the first proper winter blast since the start of the year.
Low pressure bringing bitter winds in later this month
Tomorrow night is shaping up to be one of the coldest since the Beast from the East struck earlier in the year with thermometers poised to widely sink into minus figures.
It will turn slightly milder into the weekend and through next week before the next cold blast plunges Britain back into a Tundra freeze.
A tussle between milder Atlantic air and colder winds will set the scene for a ‘battle’ between the elements towards the end of the month, according to the Met Office.
Meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “The next few days will turn gradually less cold although it will be very chilly on Wednesday night with temperatures down to around -5C (23F) even in the south making it one of the coldest nights of autumn so far.
“Temperatures will be slightly up as we go through the weekend although it will be colder than average for the time of year.
“It is a similar picture through next week before there is some uncertainty in the forecasting models.
UK weather forecast: Cold blast from the north-east
“It looks like there is going to be a bit of a battle between milder air from the Atlantic while high pressure over the UK will try to pull in colder air from the north.”
Thermometers will hover in single figures over the next few days with highs just touching 10C (50F) in parts of the south.
Overnight lows of freezing will bring harsh frosts and the chance of wintry showers over high ground in Scotland, northern England and parts of Wales.
Britons have been urged to make the most of the relatively calm weather through the next week or so before winter roars in at the end of the month.
Temperatures will plummet well below normal for the time of year while heavy wintry downpours threaten to leave swathes of the country under a blanket of white.
Long-range forecasters warn severe winter weather could plunge huge chunks of the UK into chaos during the run up to Christmas.
UK weather forecast: Snow risk at the end of the month
WeatherAction’s Piers Corbyn warned northerly gales will sweep the nation through the end of the month bringing heavy snowfall to parts.
He said: “Low pressure to the north of the country with cold Polar air over Ireland and Britain will bring the risk of severe winter weather through the final part of this month.
“Scotland and northern England could see blizzard conditions develop with strong winds leading to drifting snow while thunderstorm activity will bring the risk of thundersnow.
“The worst affected regions will be northern Britain, Northern Ireland and the Midlands, southern Britain is likely to remain largely dry with variable cloud cover.
“There will be a risk of travel disruption in the worst-affected regions.
“Active low-pressure systems to the north of Britain will head eastwards through the end of the month and into the start of December bringing cold Polar air and a continued risk of snowfall across parts of the country.”
Weather charts reveal several centimetres of snow settling across Scotland before the end of the month with up to an inch falling as far south as Manchester and Birmingham.
Howling winds will roar in from Scandinavia setting the mercury on a downward trajectory into the start of December.
Snowfall is possible across parts of Britain as temperatures hover below average through the final part of the year, according to the Met Office’s long-range outlook.
It states: “In the last few days of November, skies will often be fairly cloudy, with the likelihood of some showers, which may bring hill snow to the north of the UK.
“There will be sunny spells too, although the breeze will make for a marked wind chill at times.
“It will stay on the chilly side, with patchy frost or ice likely at night.
“Into early December, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, as there is the chance of either a short-lived milder spell with winds from the west, or perhaps colder weather if the winds turn more northerly or northeasterly.”
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed the odds from 4/1 to 6/4 on this winter turning into the coldest on record.
Spokesman Alex Apati said: “The Beast from the East is back and it looks like this winter could set new records.”