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Heavy snow to hit UK as temperatures to drop to -10C

People walking and playing in the snow. The UK is set to be engulfed in snow as temperatures drop and weather experts fear another 'Beast from the East'.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings about snow and ice (Pictures: EPA, Cavendish Press)

Heavy snow will hit the UK this week as a polar vortex brings freezing temperatures of -10C and ice to parts of the country.

Harsh, cold weather is predicted from Wednesday onward as rain spreads north-east and turns to snow, the Met Office said.

Forecasters warned of a ‘north-south divide’ as temperatures in the north-east drop to -10C from Wednesday and temperatures in the south-west hit a warmer -3C, meteorologist Gregory Dewhurst told

He said that although the country is seeing ‘typical winter weather’ at the start of the week, the forecast becomes more ‘unsettled’ towards the weekend as ‘colder air tries to come down from the arctic’.

Met Office has forecast heavy snow between January 23 and February 6 because of ‘a greater than average chance of cold spells’.

It has issued yellow warnings for snow, ice and rain from 3pm today until 11am on Tuesday for Scotland and the north of England.

A person walking their dog in the snow in Manchester. The UK is set to be engulfed in snow as temperatures drop and weather experts fear another 'Beast from the East'.
Snow has already fallen in northern parts of the country (Picture: Cavendish Press)
Snow scenes during sunset at the foot of the Pennines in Mossley, Greater Manchester. The UK is set to be engulfed in snow as temperatures drop and weather experts fear another 'Beast from the East'.
Snow is expecting to get thicker later in the week (Picture: Cavendish press)

This morning, temperatures dropped to -2C in the north of Scotland with Met Office issuing a warning about heavy rain and melting snow. 

Speaking to, Met Office said this weekend ‘unsettled conditions are looking to transfer across from the Atlantic’ bringing ‘spells of rain’ and ‘strong winds at times with drier and clearer interludes between them’.

The extreme cold weather is the result of a sudden burst of heat seeping into air currents above the polar region – called a ‘sudden stratospheric warming’ (SSW).

Researchers have reported a SSW above the North Pole and think it is the reason for the UK’s upcoming cold snap.

As the weather gets colder the Shetland Islands in Orkney and Shetland are likely to see their light snow falls become heavier throughout the week. 

Snow that fell on Saturday night is helping to build up ice in the northeast making conditions dangerous. 

Weather forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The UK is set to be engulfed in snow as temperatures drop and weather experts fear another 'Beast from the East'.
On Wednesday rain will spread northeast and turn to snow

Although the country is under lockdown, which bans people from travelling without an essential reason, Brits have been warned about winter conditions disrupting road and rail travel.

Predictions for this week’s conditions dropping to -10C are not far off from England and Northern Ireland’s coldest overnight temperature this winter. 

Redesdale in Northumberland recorded -11.4C on Saturday night. 

Similarly Scotland felt temperatures of -11.9C with Eskdalemuir seeing the worst of the weather. 

As snow covers the north it is expected to be milder in the southwest but stay below average for the rest of the week.

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