Snow forecast: 4-DAY polar blast to smash UK in hours before Russian freeze brings chaos

BBC Weather: UK set for snow as temperatures plummet to -10

Heavy snow showers are set to smash the UK from tonight with up to 12 inches (32cm) forecast, according to the latest weather maps, as temperatures plummet to lows of -7C. A band of rain, sleet and snow will begin to push-in from the Atlantic this evening before moving further south overnight and into Tuesday morning. The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings from this evening, including a snow and ice alert for the north of England and southern Scotland.

The risk level of snow remains between 90 and 100 percent in parts of Scotland until Thursday, according to Netweather.TV charts.

This evening, central Scotland could see an accumulation of up to 12 inches (32cm) of snow before wintry showers push further south, according to WXcharts.

This immediate risk of snow overnight ranges between 90 and 100 percent in the far north of England and Scotland.

The threat of snow also stretches from eastern parts of England to the far west of Scotland, with a 40 percent chance of snowfall in those respective areas.

By 9am on Tuesday morning, the far northwest of England could see up to three inches (9cm) of snow and up to one inch (3cm) in Manchester.

Isolated light snow showers and a band of heavy rain will be felt elsewhere across the Midlands, the South and into Wales.

Snow showers in the north of England will persist into Tuesday evening with up to four inches (11cm) forecast just southwest of Newcastle.

Temperatures will plummet across the whole of the UK tonight with lows of -7C in central Scotland, -1C in the North and 0C in the South, according to WXcharts.

Mercury will, however, pick up again by Tuesday afternoon with daytime temperatures in double-digits for large parts of the UK.

Netweather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow says wintry showers will begin to move from Northern Ireland into Scotland this evening before moving further south.

She said: “Gradually the Northern Ireland rain and sleet will reach over more of central Scotland where there will be light snow. The main band of rain moves up over Ireland, southwest England, into Wales before midnight.

“Then marching over Northern Ireland, mostly as rain but with snow over the highest hills and over Wales, into the Midlands and southeast Britain. At some point, it begins to turn to snow.

“During Tuesday there will be significant snowfall for northern hills, further south it will turn back to rain. It remains cold in the north with a south to east wind and turning much milder from the southwest, with temperatures of 10 to 14C.”

The wintry weather system will then revert back to the north by the end of the week with snow showers concentrated on the far north of Scotland.

Ms Farrow added: “The snowfall for parts of Scotland, also over the Antrim Hills and the Pennines looks to be significant and continuing Thursday into Friday for Scotland, particularly in the east as the colder air begins to reach in.”

By the weekend, temperatures fall sharply as a cold-weather system from Russia closes in.

An area of high pressure will build across Scandinavia towards the end of the week and will trigger bitterly cold winds and snow showers from Russia to swarm the UK, according to the weekly BBC Weather outlook.

The weekly forecast until February 7, says: “This will lead to the development of a strong easterly wind on Saturday and Sunday.

“This will bring a sharp cold air from Russia into the UK and may well bring some wintry showers to eastern areas.

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“There is some uncertainty on the magnitude of the cold at the moment, which is highly sensitive to the exact strength of the high and easterly winds through North Europe.”

On Saturday, the cold-weather system is set to see temperatures fall to -8C in Scotland, according to WXcharts.

Sub-zero temperatures will also be felt across the whole of the UK on Sunday evening, with lows of -11C in Scotland, -4C in Wales and -2C in the south of England.

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