BBC Weather: An Arctic blast causes an abrupt freeze across the United Kingdom, with snow blanketing parts of the country.
According to the latest BBC forecast, an arctic blast will dominate the weather across the UK this weekend, bringing the year’s mild start to an abrupt end.
According to the latest BBC weather forecast, the UK will be hit by a cold blast of Arctic air this weekend.
“Wintry flurries and a covering of snow” will continue throughout the day, according to BBC Breakfast meteorologist Matt Taylor.
This comes after widespread travel disruption and treacherous driving conditions were warned about.
“Many of you will be waking up to scenes like this, wintry flurries and a coating of snow in a few areas,” Mr Taylor said.
“And that’ll be the case all day, with wintry showers mainly to the north and west and a chilly breeze to accompany them.”
“The cloud that caused the rain yesterday has moved out of the way.
“This large lump of cloud from the Atlantic will move in tomorrow, bringing with it more persistent rain.”
“In between, we have clumps of cloud coming in, producing hail and thunder in some places,” he continued.
“A few people are getting off to an icy start this morning.
There is a few centimetres of snow, mostly on the hills, but also at lower levels for a while.”
Mr Taylor predicted that today would be a dry day in the eastern United States.
“It will feel a few degrees cooler than that,” he said, adding that while thermometers across the country will read 2 to 7 degrees Celsius, “it will feel a few degrees cooler than that.”
Temperatures could “go down to -8C in the middle of the night in some parts of eastern Scotland,” according to the BBC weathercaster.
Rain is expected to replace the wintry showers on Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures are expected to stay cold.
The return to winter comes after a record-breaking warm start to the year, with temperatures as high as 16.5 degrees Celsius in Wales on New Year’s Eve.
“We are back to what you would expect in the winter,” Richard Miles, a Met Office spokesperson, said.
“The temperatures are more in the middle of the range.”
The abrupt temperature change, according to Mr Miles, was caused by air from the Canadian Arctic.
From mid-Wales upwards, wintry snow showers were expected on Friday and Saturday, he added.