The big chill will be accompanied by very strong winds and some will see severe gales – but not every part of the UK can expect snow over the next few days, the Met Office say
Many Brits are braced for the possibility of snow heading our way, but most will have to wait a little longer.
The white stuff is expected on higher ground in Scotland from tonight as an Arctic chill sweeps the UK.
But the Met Office now believe many of us won’t see snow at all – and that we should be more concerned about severe winds arriving this weekend.
The cold weather will spread to lower levels on Thursday, and it may not be until Friday that parts of northern England see it.
They predict most of the country will escape – although temperatures will still be very low over the coming days.
Winds of up to 80mph are heading our way with severe gales threaten to cause widespread travel disruption this weekend.
The Met Office’s Tom Morgan told the Mirror some snow lovers could be left disappointed and says precautions must be taken with “severe gales” forecast.
“We’re about to see things get colder and in the Scottish Highlands there could even be up to 20cm of snow,” he said.
“We might see some snow in more southern parts of the UK, but it won’t be the whole of the country. Many areas won’t quite be cold enough.
“We could see it hit some areas of the north west, the Pennines and Yorkshire Moors in particular, from Friday. It’s important to remember this weather can be changeable.
“Not everyone will see snow, it will mainly be over higher ground. It will be really cold petty much everywhere, especially after dark.
“But there is a concern and we have issued a weather warning for coastal areas with very strong winds predicted.
“People may want to consider their travel plans and ensure their garden furniture is tired down, because winds could reach 80MPH.”
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The strongest gales will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon, before becoming more widespread overnight and into Saturday morning, the Met Office say.
A yellow warning for wind has been issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England for much of Friday.
On Saturday, the warning will extend to most of the UK, except London and the south-east.
Overnight temperatures are likely to fall below zero in the north. They could plunge to -7C, the Express report.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Weakening rainband continues southeastwards across remaining southern areas, clearing most areas later.
Further north windy and cold; inland areas mainly clear but blustery showers around coasts, wintry on Scottish hills.
A colder day nearly everywhere, emphasised by brisk winds.
Plenty of sunny weather well inland, while areas exposed to the north will see occasional blustery showers punctuated by sunny intervals.
Friday to Sunday
Rain moving south on Friday followed by showers which will be wintry at times and continue through Saturday.
Drier on Sunday.
Very windy for a time, potentially disruptive gales.