Snow and -12C chill to hit next week as forecasters warn of lengthy cold spell

Parts of the UK look set to be blanketed with snow next week as the Met Office warned that a deep wintry spell will replace current mild conditions.

Several days of disruptive weather are expected, with rare snowfall predicted for London.

Sub-zero temperatures will kick the week off on Monday before things continue to get even chillier, according to data from independent forecasting group WXCharts.

It is likely that there could be lows of -12C by the start of December, confirming fears of an incoming "mini Ice Age” caused by Arctic winds travelling south.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “I couldn't imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week."

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the Express: “Cold conditions in the coming days will pave the way for a number of widespread snow events from the last week of November into the start of December.

“During this period, it is going to turn markedly colder, and with a drop in solar activity, we are looking at a potential mini Ice Age winter.”

Previously, some forecasters had teased a "slight risk" of widespread "wintry showers", but as temperatures continue to drop they have had to alter their prediction.

Odds at the bookies for a White Christmas have been slashed as a result, as it looks increasingly likely that there will be blankets of the white stuff on December 25 for the first time in more than a decade.

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The Met Office's long range forecast, covering November 27 to December 11, says that "short-lived colder spells are likely" and will bring "snow and ice", especially in northern regions.

William Hill has reacted by cutting Edinburgh to a 10/3 favourite for yuletide snow, while North East flight hub Newcastle, and Birmingham Airport are now as short as 4/1 for a White Christmas.

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