Prepare for snow in the UK as an Arctic blast sweeps across the country.


Prepare for snow in the UK as an Arctic blast sweeps across the country.

A VIOLENT onslaught of Arctic weather is expected to engulf the country for the next ten days, bringing 70mph winds and -7C temperatures to some areas.

Last night, temperatures were expected to drop below zero, with most people experiencing their first true taste of winter today.

Travel chaos is expected over the weekend, according to forecasters, as gale-force winds mix with the snow.

Winds of up to 70 miles per hour are expected to batter the North East and Scotland, with temperatures dropping to as low as -7 degrees Celsius in some exposed areas.

Yellow weather warnings are in effect for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow, as well as the rest of the United Kingdom on Saturday.

The Met Office, on the other hand, predicts that London and the South East will be spared the worst of the icy weather.

“Long periods of snowfall are possible on higher ground in parts of Scotland, northern England, and Wales at the end of the week,” a spokesman said.

“There is a growing signal of snow at higher elevations, with indications that areas above 200 meters (656 feet) in Scotland will have the best chance starting Friday.”

The spokesman also warned that snow could fall in other parts of northern England and Wales, such as the Lake District.

“Though this is unlikely to be heavy enough to settle” in the Pennines and Snowdonia.

While the Met Office said there was “no sign” of snow in lower parts of England and Wales, it warned: “Never say never.”

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On Saturday, the coldest daytime temperature for London and the South East is expected to be around 6 degrees Celsius (42 degrees Fahrenheit), which is not uncommon.

However, residents across the country have been warned to prepare for a new threat: three months of possible flooding.

Long-term forecasts indicate that wetter conditions are more likely over the next three months, with the worst deluges beginning in January.

Only a third of homeowners in flood-prone areas are prepared for the worst, according to the Environment Agency.


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