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UK weather forecast: Heavy snow expected THIS MONTH as temperatures plunge

Mirror logo Mirror 13/11/2018 Bradley Jolly
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Britain is braced for heavy snow and freezing Arctic temperatures in a freak cold snap, forecasters warn.

Bitter blizzards are expected to roar across the UK for weeks at the end of November.

They could bring fierce snowfall, plummeting temperatures and severe transport disruption.

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Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “An active low-pressure system will move in from the northwest next week signalling a change to much colder conditions.

“We are expecting this to bring some early winter weather with heavy snow and very cold winds in the north and a risk of wintry showers even across southern Britain."

a group of people standing on top of a snow covered slope: Freezing weather conditions have been forecast for this month © Credits: Getty Images Freezing weather conditions have been forecast for this month

The plume of freezing air, which is to sweep in from Scandinavia, could linger throughout December and into 2019, forecasters say.

Mr Corbyn added: “This pattern is likely to hold out through the rest of the month and into December with a risk of blizzards in Scotland and the north and widespread snow showers.

a group of people sitting in the snow: The year is expected to end with wintry, Arctic conditions  © Credits: Robert Peel / SWNS.com The year is expected to end with wintry, Arctic conditions 

“There will be a risk of travel disruption through this period with volatile, stormy weather combined with the cold brining a risk of winter thunderstorms and outbreaks of thunder snow.

“What we are looking at is a pattern of circulation similar to that which was observed during the mini ice-age."

a person riding skis down a snow covered slope: Fierce snowfall, plummeting temperatures and severe transport disruption is feared © Credits: PA Fierce snowfall, plummeting temperatures and severe transport disruption is feared

The historic Mini Ice Age which occurred during the mid-17th century and saw Britons hold frost fairs on the frozen River Thames.

The Met Office says they'll be "an increased chance of snow" in the coming weeks.

a close up of a road: Severe transport disruption is also feared in the run-up to Christmas © Credits: Getty Images Severe transport disruption is also feared in the run-up to Christmas

Its website reads: "With more generally colder temperatures, there will be an increased chance of snow, particularly for northern hills, during spells of more unsettled weather."

Temperatures will exceed 14C by the end of the week, particularly in southern England.

a bus covered in snow: Roads are cleared ahead of expected snowfall  © Credits: PA Roads are cleared ahead of expected snowfall 

However, these are believed to tumble significantly in the next fortnight.

James Madden, Exacta Weather forecaster, said: "It is going to turn progressively colder for most parts of the country through the last week of November brining a risk of widespread frosts, freezing fog and major snow events which could affect southern Britain.

“There are still strong signals showing a similar pattern of stormy and very cold weather holding out up to the end of the year and through Christmas."

a man riding skis down a snow covered car: Snow is expected to be at his heaviest in Scotland © Credits: Peter Jolly/REX/Shutterstock Snow is expected to be at his heaviest in Scotland

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