UK snow forecast: Exact time frozen flurry will begin as Brits braced for icy blast

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Parts of Britain will be hit by a barrage of snow and piercing freezing temperatures over the coming days with 9cm of snow set to fall in eastern Scotland from today

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Met Office warns ‘wintry hazards’ to hit in parts of UK

Snow will begin to bury parts of Britain from this afternoon with up to 15cm expected to fall over the weekend.

Temperatures are predicted to plummet to as low as -9C thanks to an icy blast from Iceland and Greenland.

Snow is expected to arrive in north eastern Scotland from 3pm this afternoon.

By Saturday morning, around 9cm is forecast – with the rest of the country likely to soon follow.

England and parts of Wales doesn’t escape either as WXCharts maps warn that snow is possible, especially in the north and midlands.

Parts of the UK are expected to see snow over the coming days
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The Met Office confirmed a flurry of snow will hit Scotland today, before eastern parts of England are covered in 9cm of the white stuff tomorrow.

Thousands of homes are still without heating, a week after Storm Arwen destroyed power lines across the country.

By Friday evening the maps are set to turn icy blue again with lows of -4C in Scotland while only the South East of England set to escape sub-zero temperatures overnight.

AccuWeather Senior Forecaster John Gresiak told the Express: “A system on Friday night and Saturday has the greatest potential to produce some snow, mainly in northern areas and higher elevations.

The charts show where snow is expected to fall with Scotland and northern England getting the brunt

“The Scottish Highlands would be the most likely area to experience snow.

“Amounts would be expected to be on the order of 3-6 inches in high elevations, with less in lowland areas.

“The cold air is coming from the regions around Iceland and Greenland, so it is what we refer to as maritime cold air because of the trajectory over water to arrive in the UK.

“The passage over water modifies the temperature of the air near the surface, so that coastal and low-lying areas are not as cold as the higher elevations.

Temperatures could fall to as low as -9C in Scotland

“Western Scotland will likely see the brunt of the cold and snow. The coldest air is likely to come over the weekend with some moderation thereafter.”

Last week there was a drop in the mercury as Storm Arwen hit with gales, snow and rain.

Gales from last week’s storm brought electricity cables down in northern England and Scotland, and thousands of people still remain without power leading to Boris Johnson to call in the Army to help restore it.

The Met Office’s Steven Keates told MailOnline: “It’s fairly typical early December weather for the next few days. It’s generally quite cold, with a bit of snow around.

“Snowfall can be seen mainly over the higher ground for the most part and is unlikely to cause too many problems.”

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