UK weather – Arctic cold snap set to hit the UK with 72 hours of snow expected to blast Britain

SNOW could blast Britain for 72 hours this month as a bitterly cold Arctic snap gets set to hit.

The white stuff is most likely to fall up north, with a layer of snow likely to settle over Scotland from November 19 to November 21.

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A man wears a face visor as he walks through the rain in Ryde, Isle of Wight[/caption]


A winter chill is set to sweep over the UK, with snow depth highlighted in purple above [/caption]


Snow is most likely to hit high ground in Scotland [/caption]

Arctic air from the north is expected to move southwards towards the end of November and could bring wintry weather to the UK.

WxCHARTS’ snow depth forecast shows a layer of the white stuff could settle over higher ground in Scotland between Thursday, November 19 and Saturday, November 21.

The snow probability models also show a 30 to 40 percent chance of snow for much of the following week across northern parts of the country, as the charts turn blue on these days.

The forecast says: “Although it will often be quite mild, the low pressure track will occasionally dip southwards over central Europe towards the Alps and Italy.

“This will pull in winds from the north or northwest into the UK, leading to colder snaps, with night frosts and squally wintry showers.

“The greatest likelihood of snowfall will be over the hills in the north and west, especially in Scotland.

“A couple of these short cold snaps might be expected to occur during the course of this two week period.”

According to the Met Office, wintry conditions could also hit higher ground in northern regions in December.

The forecasters’ long-range forecast for November 26 until December 10, says: “The end of November is likely to be generally settled with high pressure set to dominate, with settled conditions expected to be more prolonged in central and southeastern areas.

“However, occasional unsettled periods do remain possible, although likely to be short-lived and mostly affecting northwestern areas of the UK.

“Temperatures are probably remaining around average at first, before possibly turning colder than average into December with increased risk of overnight frosts.

“The chance of wintry precipitation could also be increasing into December, notably for northern higher ground.”

The cold spell will follow a wet and windy day for many on Friday, with rain continuing to move eastwards before easing off.

There will be showers in the north and west throughout the day, but there will be plenty of dry weather elsewhere.

PA:Press Association

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Waves crashed against the lighthouse and harbour wall in Newhaven, East Sussex, on Thursday[/caption] Link

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