UK weather forecast: ‘Five days’ of snow as extreme -11C windchill grips Britain

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The Met Office says snow and colder weather is in the UK forecast for the next several days, with some charts suggesting snow could fall every day between Saturday and Wednesday

A man walks through the snow in Gunnerside, North Yorkshire, after Storm Arwen
A man walks through the snow in Gunnerside, North Yorkshire, after Storm Arwen

Another blast of snow is set to blanket parts of Britain as thousands of people face a second weekend without power a week after deadly Storm Arwen.

The latest weather maps suggest Britain is in for at least five consecutive days of snow from Saturday, with much of it falling over higher ground in the north of the country.

The overnight windchill could be -11C over the coming days, according to one forecast, and strong winds are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Met Office said the weather is predicted to be cold, windy and showery with some hilly areas experiencing snow on Saturday.

Cold weather is on the way, forecasters say
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Snow is also expected to fall in parts of eastern England, the North Yorkshire Moors and parts of Lincolnshire while strong winds and widespread rain are also predicted for the North West.

The forecaster said Scotland will be cloudy in the morning with outbreaks of rain and hill snow on Saturday, but drier and brighter by the afternoon with a few showers in the west.

Northern parts of the UK will see highs of 6C (42.8F) while the south will see highs of 8C (46.4F).

Sunday will continue to be cold with some hill snow and showers in the east of England while the west is predicted to have dry weather and some sunshine.

Frost is expected in colder parts of the UK, including central and western Scotland where temperatures may drop to -3C (26.6F) and -5C (23F).

This map shows where snow could fall on Monday
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A band of rain on Monday will be preceded by snow that could be widespread in Scotland, northern England and the Midlands, and North Wales, a map from Wxcharts suggests.

Maps also suggest further snowfall in the same areas on Tuesday into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Tuesday will become increasingly windy.

Overnight windchills could be -11C in parts of Scotland, including the Cairngorms, according to snow-forecast.com.

Steve Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “In some ways, we’re expecting fairly typical early December weather this weekend and nothing too disruptive as expected.

“But a couple of points to watch for will be winds, which under normal circumstances wouldn’t be an issue but if you’re trying to repair downed power lines it’s more sensitive.

“Saturday is expected to be cold. There will be quite a mild windshield coming down from the northwest, so it’s going to feel not much above freezing for quite a lot of places.

“So if you’re out and about doing the Christmas shopping, put on some extra layers.”

Meanwhile, thousands of Brits are facing a second weekend without power.

Homes across parts of Scotland and the North East and North West of England are still off supply a week after Storm Arwen hit on November 26.

As of early Friday evening, just over 9,000 homes were without power, according to industry body the Energy Networks Association.

Regulator Ofgem announced on Friday it had launched an “urgent” review into the response of energy network companies to the storm.

Met Office five-day forecast

Saturday

Rain clearing eastwards, then most parts seeing a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers. The showers heaviest and most frequent in the north and west, whilst more persistent rain and hill snow affects northern parts. Cold and windy.

Saturday night

Clear spells and showers, these mostly in areas exposed to the northwest. More persistent rain and hill snow affecting some eastern parts. Remaining windy, but frosty in sheltered spots.

Sunday

Further showery rain across some eastern areas, perhaps edging into central parts but dying out. Sunniest across western parts as showers die out. Winds easing but staying cold.

Monday to Wednesday

Band of rain moving east Monday, preceded by snow, mainly on hills. Wet and increasingly windy Tuesday, with coastal gales in the west. Staying windy with blustery showers on Wednesday.

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