SNOW is predicted for parts of the UK this week as an arctic pulse will send January temperatures plummeting once more.
Temperatures dropped as low as -7C yesterday in one of the coldest weeks this winter, as experts are predicting that snow could arrive as early as next weekend.
The Met Office has warned of a ‘severe frost’ and icy conditions for today's forecast a deep freeze sets in, across large areas in England and Wales.
And forecasters are now suggesting that Scotland and the Northeast of England could see snow from this Thursday, January 27.
The Met Office has also said there could be more flurries within the fortnight.
John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending told The Sun that a quick blast of arctic air is headed for the UK next week, as winter isn't over yet.
He said: "Briefly on Thursday a pulse of Arctic air will clip some northern and eastern areas, bringing some wintry showers to the Scottish mountains and perhaps the highest parts of northern England."
John added that the UK could be in for a more turbulent February, with a mix of wet, and windy weather with even more early signs of snow.
He said: "There are signs of a more lively start to February – it looks wetter and windier at times than for much of the previous month.
"We may see colder weather start to make more definite inroads from the north through the early days of the new month, turning some of that rain to snow."
The UK Health and Security Agency is also alerting people in central and southern England to watch out for their vulnerable neighbours during this week's big freeze.
The long-range forecast for February 3 to 17 reveals: “Early February is likely to see a north/south split with more settled and cloudy weather expected in the south.
“There is an increased likelihood of more unsettled conditions becoming established.
"Temperatures are likely to be near or slightly above average although short-lived colder interludes are possible."
Forecaster Clare Nasir said: “There will be Arctic air streaming down from the north delivering snow showers, particularly in the far north-east of the country."
Meanwhile, WXCharts says there's a stern chance for snow in northern parts of Scotland throughout next week.
WINTER BITES BACK
Areas in the north will be hardest hit by any snowfall this week.
But ahead of that, skies will likely be clear and the chill is here to stay.
Meteorologist Alex Deakin said plenty of Brits will see frost over the weekend: “most of us are not going to see much rain this weekend and some pockets of frost will be seen across the east."
However, the bitter chill may not last for much longer.
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Some weather models are suggesting signals for cold next month are getting weaker.
It means that if the high pressure continues, there could be some balmier weather on the way.
Emphasising that the forecast isn't clear enough yet to make an accurate prediction, Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook said: "I wonder if we could have an early taste of spring?"
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