UK weather: Scotland and northern regions set for snow
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A snowy Valentines Day could be on the cards for some Brits as a polar plunge makes its way to the UK. February has already been a cold month for much of the UK – but temperatures will plummet in the forthcoming week, and some parts will see plenty of snow next weekend.
The air will turn steadily colder throughout next week after a reasonably mild weekend across the UK.
Temperatures are going to hover around the 1 to 3C mark from Monday through Friday in Scotland, the north of England and Wales, whereas the south east will start the week off with comparatively warm temperatures of 10C.
On Wednesday temperatures will temporarily jump, with the north of England and Scotland bumped up to 7C in some parts, before dropping off again as snow heads for the UK.
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Met Office Senior Operational Meteorologist Annie said: “Temperatures are expected to drop to -10C in rural sheltered spots of Scotland by the morning.
“Further south rural mins will be widely -2 to -5 C across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“The cold air across the UK is moving in from the Atlantic this paired with the light winds and clear skies for many means it will be a widely frosty start to Friday.”
Huge swathes of the UK will be covered by the white stuff come Saturday morning.
No weather warnings are currently in place for snow next weekend, but ice and frost are also expected to make driving conditions difficult and could disrupt public transport.
Where and when will the snow hit?
According to maps from WXcharts, snow will hit Scotland at the start of the week on Monday, with northern England witnessing some snowy spells as the week goes on.
The highlands and the north west coast of Scotland, including Inverness will see between five and 10cm of snowfall throughout Monday through to Friday.
The Met Office says temperatures could fall to -10C in Scotland, and temperatures could fall well below freezing throughout much of the UK.
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As the week progresses, much of the rest of Scotland will witness snow from Thursda.
Snow is forecast to fall from as early as 6am in the morning, with current maps showing Glasgow could have up to 10cm by lunchtime.
Edinburgh and Glasgow will both be expecting more snowfall in the evening, which is expected to settle and stay throughout the weekend before clearing up on Monday.
Swathes of northern England will also be caught up in the polar plunge.
Newcastle, Leeds, Carlisle, and Manchester will all be caught up in the snow, with as much as 10cm falling across the north west according to current maps.
Snow is also expected to fall in Northern Ireland – but not as heavily as the rest of the UK.
The snow is expected to settle in all areas – but rain is forecast for much of Sunday, likely leading to icy conditions throughout Scotland and the north of England.
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