UK snow forecast: Britain braces for 250 MILE-long column of snow to hit THIS WEEK

An alarming snow plume will stretch across a huge swathe of England and Wales on Friday, according to Netweather’s snow risk charts. The latest maps show cold air sweeping across from the North Atlantic before heading south towards France over the next few days. The deep shades of orange on the snow-risk maps suggest there is a 50 – 60 percent chance of snow in regions including Cumbria, Birmingham and even Bournemouth on the south coast.

Temperatures are also forecast to plummet to -4C in western Scotland and -3 in Liverpool on Thursday evening, with more areas impacted the next day, WXCHARTS has said.

Netweather forecaster Terry Scholey said the new month could bring colder conditions and even the possibility of snow as early as tomorrow.

He said: “A band of mostly light rain crossing England and Wales tomorrow will eventually reach the South East.

“Following on will be sunny spells but a scattering of blustery showers that’ll be most frequent over Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“These’ll be heavy in places and as it becomes progressively colder will turn wintry, falling as snow on hills above about 300m.

“A West or South-West wind will be fresh or strong, with gales over North West Scotland giving gusts up to 50mph.

“It’ll feel raw, with temperatures no higher than 4 to 6C in the North and 7 to 9C further South.”

The BBC’s forecast for December warned of snow potentially arriving in northern parts of the UK by Friday.

High pressure is likely to develop over the north Atlantic and weaker over Spain, Italy and Central Europe.

This could bring wintry weather as low pressure sweeps over the UK.

The forecast said: “Central and southern areas will have a cold evening and night on Tuesday night, with frost and patchy fog.

“A more unsettled second half of next week, as low pressure deepens to the north-west of the UK and then tracks right overhead.

“At this stage, there is some uncertainty on the strength of the winds over southern areas on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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“But there is good agreement that rain and then scattered showers will affect all parts.

“Cold enough for some snow over the hills and mountains in the north and west by Friday.

“A rather cold and showery end to the week.”

The Met Office also said snow could fall on lower ground, rather than just the hills between Sunday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 15.

It said: “Unsettled and rather cold conditions likely to continue into this period, with spells of rain and heavy showers for most.

“Any snow is most likely over the hills in the north but there is a chance of snow falling to lower levels at times.

“The heaviest and most frequent showers most likely affecting eastern and southern areas, with a possibility of more settled weather towards the northwest.

“Windy at times with a chance of coastal gales. There will still be some drier and brighter weather at times and should any more settled interludes develop, overnight frosts will be more widespread along with a greater chance of fog patches.

“Temperatures will likely be below average for this period.”

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