Snow is expected to fall in parts of the UK in the coming days as freezing temperatures last through the week, the Met Office said.
Temperatures will dip below zero before anyone in the UK sees the white stuff – which forecasters say will last in parts of the islands on Friday January 28.
Forecasters see the mercury dip to -1C over the next seven days, with the cold remaining at low numbers each night and reaching just over 5C during the day.
WXChart meteorologists predict snow will first be seen in Scotland before moving south to northern England, according to The Sun Online.
East Anglia is expected to be hit with wintry showers early on January 29, before parts of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire next see snow on Sunday January 30, the Mirror reports.
Arctic cold follows the trend of recent days after the Met Office warned on Friday of -5C conditions amid thick freezing fog.
During the day, temperatures will be milder. This week, temperatures will be milder, reaching up to 10°C in the southwest while generally staying around 6 or 7°C.
But as night approaches, the cold will set in with chills of -1C seen in Wales on the coldest night of the week, which is expected to be the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The Met Office has also predicted snow for the first half of February.
Their long-term forecast reads: “During February, outbreaks of rain and stronger winds are likely at times in the far north, while stable conditions are likely to persist in the south.
“Temperatures appear to be slightly above average, particularly in the north, but some colder interludes remain likely, bringing a chance of occasional snowfall, most likely over the northern hills.”
Five-day forecast for the Met Office East Midlands
Monday January 17:
It will be a cold start, with areas of fog dissipating by late morning. It will leave a beautiful day with sunny spells and light winds, although it will allow the mist to return at the end of the day. Maximum temperature 10°C.
Areas of mist and fog will easily form throughout the evening, with some dense slabs developing overnight. Longer thinnings will also lead to severe frost in places. Minimum temperature -5°C.
Areas of mist and fog will likely dissipate slowly, possibly lingering throughout the day in some locations. Otherwise, gradually clearing up to a fine day with some sunny spells. Maximum temperature 8°C.
Outlook from Wednesday to Friday:
Unstable midweek, with rain gradually moving south. Brighter, windier and cooler conditions will eventually follow, with steadier conditions recovering for the rest of the week, with frosts and fog.
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