More snow on the way as Arctic blast brings a three-day cold snap

More snow is on the way today as Arctic blast brings a three-day cold snap with temperatures plunging to a freezing 19F

  • Cold air sweeping in from Arctic brings frosty conditions to Britain after a snowy and cold weekend
  • Chilly snap brought an end to mild start to autumn, with people advised to dig out warm winter clothes
  • Tonight’s temperature could be as low as 19F in Scotland and there’s a risk of ice on Monday in North East

More snow showers are on the way as the country braces for a three-day cold snap which could see temperatures plunging to a freezing low of 19F. 

Trick or treaters have also been warned to wrap up warm as it looks like there might still be a bit of a bite in the air on Halloween night this Wednesday.

Tonight temperatures are predicted to be as low as ‘-7C (19F) in Scotland where there is snow on hills, -5C (23F) in the west of the UK and there’s a ice risk on Monday morning in the North-East,’ says the Met Office.

On Saturday night Sennybridge in Wales recorded an extreme low of -3.3C (26F) and the highest maximum temperature recorded by the Met office was 10.4C (50F) in Langdon Bay, east Kent.

The Hatton family go for a walk in the snow in Glenshee in the Cairngorms, Scotland, today after snow fell through the night

A car in the snow on the A93 at Glenshee, Cairngorms, Scotland today. Temperatures could get as low as -7C overnight

The hills of Glenshee ski resort in the Cairngorms, Scotland, are covered with a dusting of snow after a cold weekend 

Met Office meteorologist John West said: ‘At the moment, we have got some some quite cold crisp weather with plenty of sunshine about. As we get to mid-week, it is going to to be increasingly unsettled.

‘It will be likely less cold by Wednesday but by no means warm. If anybody is going to be out and about on Wednesday it might be a good idea to have a coat handy and maybe also a waterproof.’

Speaking to MailOnline today Mr West said: ‘We saw a fresh start this morning with lots of autumnal sunshine in Northern Ireland and places in the north west seeing the lions share of the sun, but it was a very cold night.

‘Throughout Sunday Kent and London can expect showery rain and there will be patches of sleety snow falling in the Pennines and Scotland.

‘Sunday night temperatures could get as low as -7C or even -10C in some places and some freezing fog patches could appear in Cheshire, Merseyside and up the M6 on Monday morning.’ 

Hikers in the Cairngorms, Scotland, enjoy the cold weather today after one of the coldest October weekends in ten years

A drone captures snowy hills in the Cairngorms, Scotland, on a bright Sunday afternoon where temperatures are lingering around freezing

People walk through windblown leaves in Clifton, Bristol, this morning where the crisp autumnal weather is in full swing

It was a brisk and sunny start for much of the country today. Pictured are the choppy seas at Tynemouth Pier, in North Shields

However temperatures are set to relent next week after parts of the UK saw snow during this weekend’s autumn cold snap.

Snow was seen in higher parts of Scotland and north-east England on Saturday. Hilly areas of the Pennines woke up to a wintry blanket, while County Durham had a frosty start as well as the West Midlands seeing a flurry of snow.

A winter wonderland befell North Yorkshire with the residents of Guisborough finding autumn had been replaced with winter as a dusting of white covered the streets and rooftops.

The Met Office expects showers will continue to hit North Sea coastal areas on Monday. Once any fog patches clear, it should be largely dry elsewhere with plenty of sunshine but still cold.

It should turn wet and windy across many eastern areas on Tuesday, with snow possible across Scottish hills.

Throughout Sunday showery rain with some sleety snow is expected in areas but most places will be bright and cold

A postman braves the snow in shorts and a wooly hat while delivering mail near Consett, County Durham, yesterday

The streets and houses of Guisborough, North Yorkshire, were covered in a dusting of snow on Saturday morning where temperatures hovered just above zero

A car crashed off the A9 at Lynbeg near Inverness today after snow fell across the Highlands during Saturday 

Mr West said that by Thursday morning temperatures are expected to be around freezing for Scotland, between 4-5C in London and there may be a touch of frost in the north west with temperatures of around 2-3C. 

The snow fell on one of the coldest October weekends experienced in ten years with temperatures struggling to get into double figures, says the Met Office.

John West at the Met office explained that the North East was getting ‘mostly sleety, wet snow’ on Saturday and said ‘it is going to be cold over the next couple of days.’


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‘We will have some high pressure building in giving us a more settled picture, but we may continue to see some snow showers over the weekend. Temperatures will recover quite slowly but it is not likely to be as wintry.’

Temperatures in Guisborough hovered around zero overnight on Friday while snow showers from the North Sea were blown to the land.

Met Office spokesperson Sarah Kent said: ‘It is the first break out of arctic air this year, and it has brought with it a dusting of snow to the highest ground.

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    ‘The showers coming in from the North Sea will continue throughout the day but it is due to get warmer meaning the snow will turn to sleet. Anyone wanting to see snow will have to get in their cars and drive to the highest ground before it disappears.’ 

    Daytime temperatures have plunged by 10C in a matter of days, from highs of 17 or 18C (63-64F) last week to just 7C (45F) today, even in parts of the south.

    Gritters are on standby across the country as the frosts are set to continue over the next two nights, bringing lows of -2C (28F).  Wind chill from biting northerly breezes will make it feel several degrees colder, forecasters say.  

    Met Office spokesperson John West said: ‘We’ve seen some snow over higher ground but aren’t expecting it to come too far in land and it won’t stick over lower ground.

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      A gritter lorry was out in Greencroft, County Durham, as snow starts to fall heavily yesterday

      A man and his dog both wrap up warm in their winter coats to go out for a walk in Greencroft, County Durham yesterday

      ‘There are some icy stretches expected tonight [Saturday] and it’ll be a frosty start on Sunday, although there will be some sunshine as well. It should be a little less cold tomorrow as the northerly wind will not be as strong.

      ‘This has been one of the coldest October weekends we’ve seen in the last 10 years with temperatures struggling to get into double figures.

      ‘We have seen some snow this morning, more up in Scotland. Aviemore has had around 1cm.’

      The forecaster added: ‘It is going to be cold over the next couple of days, but will start to peter out tomorrow.

      ‘We will have some high pressure building in giving us a more settled picture, but we may continue to see some snow showers today and tomorrow.’ 

      The weather for next week includes sunny spells but patchy showers in the west on Wednesday. Later on in the week, it is likely to be settled in the south, but windy with rain further north and becoming milder.   

      The chilly snap has bought an end to the largely mild start to autumn, with people advised to dig out their warm winter clothes over the weekend as the Met Office issued ice and snow warnings in some areas.

      Even in southern parts, where temperatures are forecast to be around 7C (45F), the wind chill factor means it will feel several degrees cooler, forecasters said – with travel conditions becoming ‘difficult and hazardous’. 

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      Laura Waugh and her daughter Olivia Waugh, nine, from Banchory, walk in the snow at Glenmore in the Highlands yesterday

      Early snow on piste grooming machines at The Lecht Ski Centre, Aberdeenshire, brings to an end to a mild October


      Daytime high temperatures are expected to be below 10C (50F) in many areas of Britain over the weekend


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