UK snow: Britain faces ‘BIG cold plunge’ – Met Office forecasts Arctic blast in 24 hours

Friday, January 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

BRITAIN is set to be hit by freezing polar winds this weekend which could see parts of the UK blanketed in snow.

Fri, Jan 5, 2018

The UK is still reeling from the chaos caused by Storm Eleanor which brought winds of around 100mph to the Isles.

The Met Office has confirmed that the UK is in line for a cold snap as high pressure drifts in from the north which could bring in a flurry of snow.

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern, of the Met Office, warned about the freezing conditions the UK was set to face.

He said: “In the north, well here, a cold northerly wind digs down. All the way from the Arctic. High pressure elbowing its way in from the north-west. Follow the isobars back, a big cold plunge on the way.

“Those strong northerly winds will reach their way southwards on Saturday morning, a cloudy and damp start to the day for England and Wales but any outbreaks of rain will remain confined to the far south by the afternoon.

“Brighter skies following further north, but this north-easterly wind, it’s going to feel bitter, particularly on the east coast, could even see a few flakes of snow, it will be that cold.

“For most, once the early loud and rain clears to the south it is a dryer and a brighter end to Saturday. It’s another cold day on Sunday but actually compensated by widespread sunny skies.”

BBC weather said: “Saturday will be windy for most and colder for all. Cloud and some patchy rain will become confined to the south. Sunny spells elsewhere with wintry showers for northeastern coasts.”

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