Snow and a -12C chill are expected next week, with forecasters predicting a long cold spell.

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Snow and a -12°C chill are expected next week, with forecasters predicting a long cold spell.

As wintry weather and freezing temperatures descend from the Arctic, snow and ice are expected to blanket parts of the UK, including London.

The Met Office has warned that a deep wintry spell will replace current mild conditions, resulting in snowfall in parts of the UK next week.

Several days of inclement weather are forecast, including rare snowfall in London.

According to data from independent forecasting group WXCharts, the week will begin with sub-zero temperatures before getting even colder.

Lows of -12C are likely by the beginning of December, confirming fears of an impending “mini Ice Age” caused by Arctic winds moving south.

“With forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week, I couldn’t imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans,” Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said.

“Cold conditions in the coming days will pave the way for a number of widespread snow events from the last week of November into the first week of December,” James Madden, an Exacta Weather forecaster, told the Express.

“It’s going to get a lot colder during this time, and with a drop in solar activity, we’re looking at a mini Ice Age winter.”

Some forecasters had previously predicted a “slight risk” of widespread “wintry showers,” but as temperatures have dropped, they have had to revise their forecast.

As a result, the odds on a White Christmas have been slashed at the bookies, as it appears increasingly likely that for the first time in more than a decade, there will be blankets of the white stuff on December 25.

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The Met Office’s long-range forecast, which runs from November 27 to December 11, predicts “short-lived colder spells” that will bring “snow and ice,” particularly in the north.

As a result, William Hill has lowered Edinburgh’s odds for a White Christmas to 103, while Newcastle and Birmingham Airport in the North East are now as low as 41.

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