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UK weather: First snow of winter to fall in the South as new Arctic blast sweeps country

Mirror logo Mirror 14/11/2017 Brett Gibbons

 14 November - National weather forecast (Provided by Met Office)

Snow is set to fall in the South of the UK for the first time this season as a new icy Arctic blast sends temperatures plummeting.

The weather will turn much colder by the end of the working week, with the mercury suddenly dropping and showers turning wintry, forecasters predict.

a deer standing next to a snow covered field: Credits: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Set to strike within days, the blast of Polar air will cause temperatures to tumble from Scotland right down to southern England, which is facing its first snowfall at the weekend.

The white stuff could fall on higher ground in the South and South West of England, it is said.

a body of water next to the rock: Credits: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: It comes after forecasters warned that Britain faces a length cold snap - beginning later this week - which is likely to last a staggering three weeks.

Chills of minus 15C have been predicted this winter.

a highway with a mountain in the background: Credits: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Before the weather turns significantly colder, the UK will enjoy a brief window of milder weather, with some rain and drizzle in a calmer, westerly flow, according to The Weather Channel.

It will become briefly milder with unsettled conditions until Thursday when it becomes cooler again as the Polar maritime air mass begins to take charge again.

a sign on the side of a road: Credits: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle are predicted for today and tomorrow, when a westerly flow develops with temperatures increasing to slightly above normal.

Forecaster Dave Reynolds, of The Weather Channel, said warmer weather would be transported towards the UK from an high of high pressure building near the Bay of Biscay, with values temporarily above normal for the time of year.

smoke coming out of a tree: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Europe Conditions will then turn colder again over the weekend with a northerly flow across the UK and showers moving southwards, with snow on higher ground.

Meanwhile, forecasts for next week predict more settled but colder weather across many parts of the country. Occasional wintry showers are forecast for northern areas, and it will feel quite chilly.

a deer standing on a dry grass field: Credits: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: There is the chance of some snow on high ground in the south and south-west next week, before a more prolonged spell of cold, dry and bright weather takes charge.

Temperatures will remain mostly below the average, with an increased risk of overnight frost.

a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Europe The Met Office said yesterday the weather was expected to get briefly warmer today before the weeks-long cold snap begins later this week.

Commercial forecaster AccuWeather predicted chills of minus 15C this season.

On Sunday night, the temperature dropped to colder levels than the Russian Arctic.

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