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UK weather forecast: Snow to hit UK as big freeze kills 17 in Europe

Mirror logo Mirror 11/01/2019 Tom Davidson

© Getty Snow could strike the UK before the end of January according to a new forecast which says brutal winter weather will sweep over the nation.

A long-range forecast by the Met Office predicts that bitterly cold temperatures and snow will descend on Britain in just a few weeks.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will bear the brunt of the brutal weather but much of the UK will endure freezing conditions.

Meanwhile the death toll from severe weather in Europe has risen to at least 17 as heavy snowfall continues to cause problems in Austria and southern Germany.

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This weekend Britain is set to be warmer than parts of Greece and Italy as temperatures climb up to 13C but after that the weather will turn.

a group of parked motorcycles sitting on the side of a snow covered field © Credits: FAROOQ KHAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “Towards the middle of the month we are looking at things becoming more unsettled and changeable.

“There are signs of a growing risk of strong winds, rain and snow from mid-January into early February.

“We are expecting to see it turn colder with temperatures below average for the time of year although we will see some short-lived milder interludes.

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“Gales will be possible in the north and west, and it will turn colder from the northwest.

“Some snow is expected in the north, especially in brighter, showery, colder interludes between weather systems.”

a car driving down a dirt road © Credits: Liverpool Echo The Met Office’s long-range forecast also states: “As the rest of the month progresses and into early February there is an increased likelihood of colder weather to become established generally, which will bring an enhanced risk of frost, fog and snow.

Related: Breathtaking photos of a snow-covered UK (starsInsider)

"These notably colder conditions are by no means certain though, and in any case, some milder, wet and windy interludes are still possible.”

a car covered in snow © Credits: PA Temperatures are expected to climb to about 10C on Friday afternoon across most of the country.

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The day will be mostly cloud and dry, with sunny spells possible across central and north-eastern areas, the Met Office said.

There will be patchy rain and drizzle over western hills before heavier rain and strong winds arrive in the north-west later in the day.

In the evening, a band of rain will move south, hovering across central England and Wales by dawn on Saturday.

a car covered in snow © Credits: PA

Europe continues to get hit by severe weather with heavy snow blasting its way through the continent.

BBC meteorologist Phil Avery said: “I’ve just put on the winds for you there, coming in off the top of Scotland down through the North Sea, into the low countries and past Germany into Denmark as well.

“Significant heavy snowfall into those areas that have already seen quite a bit of snowfall, and new areas as well.

a stop sign is covered with snow © Credits: LUKAS BARTH-TUTTAS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

“So the Alpine region, we’ll be looking with some interest at the future forecast as I say as far ahead as Sunday and Monday, still on the cool side but could be a lot colder at this time of year in Moscow."

The Weather Channel reported that more light snow was expected over south-east Europe on Friday with Greece to western Turkey remaining unsettled under low pressure with a mixture of rain and snow.

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