Polar conditions will super-freeze the nation through the start of next month and into the festive season amid warnings for blizzards, ice storms and deep snowdrifts. A perfect storm of atmospheric conditions will open the floodgates to a torrent of numbing air from the Arctic Circle into northern Europe, experts say. It will meet milder, moisture-laden air sitting over the UK bringing widespread icy flurries and heavy snowfall to parts of the country. UK weather charts reveal a growing risk of wintry showers in parts of the country from next week through to the middle of December.
Models show a colossal wall of snow from the east bulldozing Scotland before sweeping northern and parts of central England.
An extended cold snap could see freezing temperatures largely hold out into the start of next year, long-range forecasters warn.
Britain could be heading towards one of the snowiest winters since 1950 when parts of the country froze under a blanket of white for 102 days.
A huge area of high pressure, or so-called anticyclone, sitting over Greenland will steer cold air from the Arctic region towards Britain through next week.
Low-pressure north of the British Isles will help drive the bitter flow as forecast models reveal winter will kick off to a cold and snowy start next week.
Recent milder but stormy weather will give way to a cold plunge from the North Pole kick-starting a two-week winter blast, weathermen warn.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “After this brief interlude of milder weather there will be a quick reversal back to cold conditions accompanied by wintry weather and some notable snow showers, particularly, across the north.
“This will pave the way for a number of further snow events during the early to mid part of December, some of these could be severe enough to cause disruption.
“Parts of the country are facing the first major snow event of the season during the start of December and these could be severe in nature, this risk will continue through the first part of the month.
“There will be a risk of potential ice storms with strong winds and snowfall bringing blizzards to exposed regions.”
A decline in the number of sunspots signals an end to a period of high solar activity which in turn will kick-start a trend of much colder weather in the UK.
A continued reduction in solar activity will signal what could be the start of a ‘Little Ice Age’ period of weather, Mr Madden added.
He said: “The bad news is this is going to get no better as we enter a new solar cycle, this is likely to bring some of the lowest solar activity we have seen for centuries or even on record.
“This has an impact on the influence of high pressure over Greenland and how it displaces large pools of cold air across our shores.
“It also has an influence over the heating of the Gulf Stream, most indicators are pointing towards a cold future in terms of long-term weather and climate patterns.”
High pressure to the west of the UK with low pressure to the east will create a ‘funnel’ feeding bitterly cold air from the Arctic circle into Britain.
December will kick off to a freezing start with cold, wintry weather threatening to hold out through the first part of the month, according to some long-range experts.
Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “The first five days of December are looking very cold thanks to a bitter blast coming in from the north.
“This is going to be driven by a huge area of high pressure over Greenland pulling air clockwise towards the UK while a separate low close to Scandinavia creates an anticlockwise flow funnelling cold air in from the Arctic.
“It is going to turn very cold from next week and then through the early part of December we expect it to remain quite cold with the risk of snow in places.”
Weather models show a high chance of snow developing over Scotland and northern England at the start of next week.