Parts of the UK could see a covering of up to 4cm of snow this week as the temperature plummets towards freezing.
New weather maps have pinpointed the exact areas that could see snowfall this week as the mercury is set to dip towards the end of November.
Temperatures will drop across the country this week, reaching zero and below even in the south, to where cold air will “sink”, the Met Office has predicted.
Blustery, wintry showers will wash inland from the west, bringing strong winds and overnight frosts, the Met Office has warned.
But northern England and Scotland will likely see the chilliest lows and the first snow of winter 2023/2024. The latest charts show several inches of settled snow on the horizon for Scots living near the west coast.
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Maps posted by WXCharts show the remainder of the coming week will stay as cold as it began.
Minimum temperatures are expected to stay in the low single figures in the south and plummet to zero and below in the north.
The maps show snow falling alongside sub-zero highs in Scotland on Thursday, November 23, settling at wintry depths of nearly two inches.
While the broad northern tip of the home nation will see a light scattering – between 1cm and 1.5cm – Eastern Scotland north of Fort William will experience nearly double the local average.
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According to the WXCharts predictions, 4cm – nearly two inches of snow – will fall over the area.
The snow will remain over the following few days, barely melting as temperatures stick below zero well into next week.
The maps show scattered snow showers extending some of that coverage further south into northeast England.
Some short-lived snow appears set to fall around Sunderland, Middlesborough and Durham on November 24.
WXCharts and forecasters from Windy.com have confirmed flurries will fleetingly settle on the east coast between that Friday and Saturday, November 25.
But, while a “cold spell” will quickly develop, snow is unlikely to settle much further south, the Met Office long-range forecast for November 25 to December 4 predicts.
The forecast states: “The west will have more chance of seeing, milder conditions; cloud, with patchy rain and drizzle, while further east, colder, drier and brighter conditions with blustery wintry showers will likely persist.
“It is uncertain how prolonged this cold spell with be, but likely that through this period, milder, more unsettled conditions from the west will gradually replace the colder air.”
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