Plume of ‘polar air’ to blast Britain with -10C freeze and heavy snow
Blizzards and -10C temperatures are forecast to return for parts of the UK this weekend.
A large front of wintery weather, similar to that experienced earlier this month, is set to sweep in from the north and bring an end to the recent mild conditions, according to new WX Charts weather maps.
It will bring heavy snow first of all to the Scottish Highlands on Saturday (March 25) before moving down to the north of England during the early hours of Sunday (March 26) and stretching as far as the southeast by the end of the day.
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Northerly winds, meanwhile, will see the mercury plummet to -10C in Scotland and -1C south of the border.
Snow clouds will then clear to the near continent at the start of next week, according to the weather maps, with more flakes potentially falling across the country late on Tuesday (March 28).
The Met Office, meanwhile, says it expects cold and wet weather in the north this weekend, with the agency's outlook for Friday to Sunday reading: "Widespread showers Friday, some heavy and thundery and across the south accompanied by strong winds.
"Further showers or longer spells of rain and turning colder from the north this weekend."
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Writing on NetWeather earlier this week, senior forecaster Nick Finnis said the country should brace for a cold end to the month.
Mr Finnis wrote: "Low pressure looks to dominate during this period, the lows and their associated frontal systems will move in off the Atlantic at times, bringing spells of rain east or north-east, interspersed by brighter but showery weather.
"Cold polar air will never be too far away to the north of northern Scotland, with potential for this cold air to spread down across at least the north of Scotland but perhaps further south in the wake of low-pressure systems which manage to clear east of the UK.
"If this cold air does move south, it will mean areas of rain moving in off the Atlantic will turn to snow over the higher ground of Scotland, with a risk of frost and ice when skies clear."
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