The north of the UK will be battered by “severe winds” on Thursday morning, while snow is expected to fall on Sunday before a -5C freeze next week.
Britons are bracing for strong northerly winds with gale warnings for Scotland before temperatures drop when a wide band of snow falls on Sunday.
Cloudy and wet weather is forecast for much of the country on Thursday, but it will be very windy in the north, according to the Met Office.
Winter conditions continue with a frost on Friday morning and then snow on Sunday will bring a much colder week where weather charts show it could drop as low as -5C.
WX Charts predictions show snow will cross the county from the northeast before the polar blast moves west, hitting parts of northern England and the Midlands through Monday.
Met Officer Forecaster Clare Nasir said of today’s forecast: “Low pressure to the north with a squeeze in the isobars meaning severe gales with a wind warning in effect for the far north of Scotland until Wednesday morning. night and until the first part of Thursday morning.
“This is the band of clouds and rain, this cold front here, with cooler air behind it but also some clearer conditions.”
He added: “Really strong winds are going to hit the far north with severe gales and high waves, and also a wave of downpours, wintery over the higher ground, some with hail even at lower levels.”
Thursday will be fairly mild, but people are likely to wake up to frosty, sub-zero temperatures in some parts of the country on Friday.
BBC meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas said: “I think there is some frost around, temperatures in the field drop to near freezing or even a bit below and we are likely to find some pockets of fog, especially in the central and eastern parts. perhaps the east of Scotland as well.”
Saturday is expected to be mild before cold weather begins to set in and snow falls across parts of the north on Sunday.
Ms Keith-Lucas said: “Some wetter and windier weather for Saturday, particularly for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“As that pressure system moves south through England and Wales, it will tend to run out, so there won’t be much rain by the time the weather front comes south. Sunny spells continue and it will be mild, some of us up to 14C more or less”. .”
He continued: “Probably the wettest and windiest weather will be in Scotland, risk of some snow over the higher ground, maybe Northern Ireland and North West England will get some of that wetter weather too.”
And temperatures are going to be much colder next week across the country according to WXCharts maps that show the mercury could drop to -5C by February 5th and there will be snow cover 15cm deep in Scotland.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Patchy drizzle and low clouds over southern UK gradually clearing, replaced by sunnier skies over central areas; feeling softer. Stormy showers in parts of Scotland, wintry in the hills, with early gales in the northeast; winds and showers subsiding later.
Many areas dry out with clear spells, leading to a cooler night. Frost will be fairly widespread in rural southern, central and eastern regions, with patchy fog in the south as well.
:Many areas start out bright and cold, fog in southern areas dissipates. Cloudier skies and refreshing winds spreading across most, with some rain in the west and northwest. Smoother later.
Perspectives from Saturday to Monday:
Changeable with periods of rain extending from the west at times, these interspersed with cooler and drier periods. Often quite windy with a risk of gales, especially in the north.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.