UK weather forecast – Britain facing ‘40-day FREEZE’ with 11 inches of snow predicted next week

FORECASTERS have warned Brits could be facing a “40-day freeze” as an Arctic blast brings frost and snow to the UK.

Temperatures are set to plummet below zero, with 11 inches of snow expected to blanket parts of the UK next week.

Snow blankets Cairngorm National Park in Scotland this week
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Snow blankets Cairngorm National Park in Scotland this week[/caption]

Temperatures plummeted overnight as an Arctic blast hit the UK
Temperatures plummeted overnight as an Arctic blast hit the UK

Parts of Scotland and Northern England will be hardest hit, with the worst of the snow expected to settle in the Highlands.

Snow as deep as 10 inches (25cm) will have blanketed Scottish Highlands and Inverness by the end of next week, rising to 11 and a half inches (29cm) by December 18, according to Weathertrending.

The Met Office has also issued severe ‘Yellow’ warning for rain in Scotland on Thursday and Friday this week.

Forecasters have warned that heavy downpours will make icy conditions particularly dangerous as temperatures plummet below zero.

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Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at the Weather Company, warned of a prolonged period of icy conditions.

He told the Express: “Thirty to 40 days with snow or ice disruption are expected this winter in Scotland and parts of northern England.

“After cold spells in December, more sustained cold is expected during January and February.”

A crippling Arctic blast is to blame for the plummeting temperatures – with fierce snowstorms threatening to blanket Northern regions, and most of Wales.

And icy wind coming over the next couple of days could even feel as cold as -12C, experts warn – with the harsh breeze making Brits twice as cold.

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Predictions for the UK weather forecast this weekend revealed a cruel arctic blast will see Brits freeze[/caption]

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Temperatures will plunge to -6C,  The Met Office’s latest UK weather forecast has revealed[/caption]

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UK Weather forecast experts have issued an ice warning[/caption]

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