AN ARCTIC blast of winter weather is approaching as snow, rain and freezing temperatures engulf Britain.

Brits are set to see freezing temperatures by the end of the week – with lows of -5C and around 12cm of snow.

Arctic air from the north will gradually take a grip over the whole country, and as The Met Office warns, the cold air “will win out eventually” by the end of the week.

Weather maps from WXCharts show temperatures getting as low as -4C on Thursday and could dip to -5C over the weekend with widespread frost across the UK.

Snow is also set to continue in Scotland with around 12 centimetres likely to fall and stretching further south.

Read our UK weather blog below for the latest forecasts and updates…

  • The Sun

    Windy weather to continue for the next hour

    The breezy conditions will continue for the rest of the morning.

    Despite short bursts of sunlight, it won't be enough to stop cold winds making it feel chilly around lunch time.

    The cloud cover remains heavy, with a likelihood of rain showers across the UK.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather outlook for Saturday to Monday

    The Met Office has released a short summary of the weather over the weekend and in to early next week.

    It reads: "Plenty of sunshine but still cold with a few showers on Saturday.

    "Feeling milder from Sunday but with cloud and rain moving in from the west overnight and through Monday."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Met Office warning for dangerous ice this morning

    Up to 4cm of snow is set to settle this morning on higher ground – with a risk of ice on the roads expected.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for dangerous ice, which states: "Wintry conditions overnight and early Thursday may lead to some travel disruption in a few areas.

    "Overnight showers and longer spells of rain and sleet, will turn increasingly to sleet and hill snow by Thursday morning, leading to snow accumulations on higher ground, with 1-4 cm above 300m.

    "Temporary low-level accumulations are possible, perhaps mainly across Caithness but should be short-lived. Ice may form on some inland and upland roads by morning."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather summary for this evening

    The Met Office says of tonight's weather: "Showers mostly dying out inland but continuing across northern Scotland with some snow on hills.

    "Clear spells developing, allowing a frost in many places.

    "Rain reaching the far southwest later."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Wintry showers expected across the country next week

    After a rainy weekend, next week looks to be unsettled.

    Central and Southern areas set to experience patches of rain and showers.

    Further north next week looks like it will be dry, albeit cold.

    The end of the week is likely to be milder.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Another mix blustery showers and sunshine today, says Met Office

    The Met Office says today will see more blustery showers and sunshine across different areas of the UK.

    It tweeted: "Thursday will bring a chill in the air as northerly winds spread across the country with sunshine and blustery showers.

    "Here's the 4cast."

  • Milica Cosic

    Today's forecast

    There will be early rain across southern England which will be heavy initially but will clear during the morning.

    Some bright spells for a time however there will be thick cloud and outbreaks of rain and showers across northern Britain which will sink southwards.

    These may be wintry across Scotland.

  • Milica Cosic

    Brits to see -5C lows and 4 inches of snow coming soon

    Brits are set to see freezing temperatures by the end of the week – with lows of -6C and around 12 centimetres of snow.

    Arctic air from the north will gradually take a grip over the whole country, and as The met Office warns, the cold air “will win out eventually” by the end of the week.

    Maps from WXCharts show temperatures getting as low as -4C on Thursday and could dip to -5C over the weekend with widespread frost across the UK.

    Snow is also set to continue in Scotland with around 12 centimetres likely to fall and stretching further south.

  • Milica Cosic

    Power loss alerts issued

    The Met Office has issued wind warnings in North West England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which will be in force overnight on Wednesday into Thursday morning. 

    With this, the forecaster has warned that there could be some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, adding that "short term loss of power and other services is possible".

    The Met Office said: "Winds will increase this evening across parts of Northern Ireland, with gusts to 50 or 55 mph likely in places, perhaps 60 mph in a few exposed spots, before easing beyond midnight.

    "Across North Wales and northwest England, winds are expected to peak during the early hours, when gusts will widely reach 50 to 60 mph, and possibly around 70 mph close to some coasts.

    "Here winds will ease somewhat by daybreak, and then more markedly during the morning."

    The forecaster said that the snow might also contribute to travel disruption, adding: "Some roads, and possibly railways, may be affected by snow, leading to longer journey times.

    "Possible icy surfaces leading to increased likelihood of injuries or accidents, probably mainly on higher roads."

    It added: "Overnight showers and longer spells of rain and sleet, will turn increasingly to sleet and hill snow by Thursday morning, leading to snow accumulations on higher ground, with 1-4 cm above 300 m.

    "Temporary low level accumulations are possible, perhaps mainly across Caithness but should be short-lived.

    "Ice may form on some inland and upland roads by morning."

  • Milica Cosic

    Forecast for the next 10 days

    The Met Office has given it's prediction on what the weather will be like in the next 10 days.

    Fingers crossed we'll be seeing more of that 20C weather… but knowing our luck it's probably going to rain over the Easter period.

  • Milica Cosic

    Weather forecast from the 9th April to the middle of the month

    We can expect to see some April showers as the westerly flow looks to continue through towards the middle of the month, with low pressure being the most likely dominating force for the weather.

    Weather fronts will roll in from the Atlantic, bringing patchy rain and the temperature will remain very similar to the first week of the month – flipping from slightly milder to slightly colder and back.

    There doesn’t seem to be much of an indication of high pressure setting in.

    So (and we’re afraid to say) don’t expect a return to the hot temperatures like we saw in late March, nor a prolonged dry spell.

  • Milica Cosic

    Wintry showers could head your way today

    Met Office forecaster Richard Miles, told The Sun Online: "It is turning chilly everywhere but the coldest weather isn't until today and Friday.

    "Today you may see some wintry showers as far down as the Pennines but that will be on the high ground. 

    "Overnight in the north of the UK you’re looking at -5C in rural Scotland while in the south of the UK the minimum could reach -2C in rural Wales."

    He added: "Then we'll see around -2C in the south of England on Saturday along with -4C in the north."

  • Milica Cosic

    Risk of ice first thing tooday

    Met office forecaster Susan Powell said: "Through Wednesday evening but particularly overnight into Thursday the colder air mixes in with our weather fronts and it looks like we could see some significant snow for northern Scotland once again.

    "A risk of ice here for first thing Thursday certainly and potentially that wintry weather affecting the central belt of Scotland through the morning rush hour.

    "We will see the showers thinning out as they sink south through the course of the day but still the chance of wintry element across the Pennines into Thursday afternoon.

    "Sunshine for many come Thursday afternoon but it will feel chilly especially in contrast to the start of the week. Then cold air right across the UK for Friday I think there will be quite a bit of sunshine, wintry showers in the north and east."

  • Milica Cosic

    UK weather outlook for Friday and Saturday

    Friday will bring rain across southern England which will be locally heavy. It will be brighter further north with sunny spells but there is also a chance of showers.

    Largely dry on Saturday with spells of sunshine however patchy cloud will build bringing a chance of showers, mostly across Scotland.

  • Milica Cosic

    Tonight's weather

    It will then be mostly dry with clear spells overnight however outbreaks of heavy rain will spread into southern England by dawn.

    Cloud will linger across Scotland bringing rain and showers which will be locally heavy and wintry

  • Milica Cosic

    Showers and winds to continue tonight

    The Met Office has warned that heavy showers and blustery winds continue this evening.

    The forecasting site also added on Twitter that we can expect winds to become strong in the northwest, with gusts of 50-60 mph around the coast.

    Met Office forecaster Jonathan Vautrey said: “The general theme is for the weather to be unsettled.

    “There will be a damp and cloudy start to the working week for most with further outbreaks of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.

    “There will also be a more persistent band of rain across southern areas by Thursday.”

    Tomorrow there will be more snow across northern Scotland and outbreaks of rain in north. It will be windy across the UK, with a small bit of rain will clear in the southeast, followed by a mixture of sunshine and showers.

  • Milica Cosic

    Met Office issues Yellow weather warning

    A yellow weather warning has just been issued by The Met Office.

    It is set to be in place from 8pm tonight and will last until 5am tomorrow morning.

    The Met Office says there will be: "strong winds across parts of Northern Ireland, North West England and North Wales".

  • Louis Allwood

    Snow showers tonight

    Rain across northern Scotland moving southwards, turning to snow in the northeast, especially on hills.

    Showery bands of rain crossing many other areas.

    Windy almost everywhere, with gales, perhaps severe, for parts of Northern Ireland, north Wales and northwest England.

  • Louis Allwood

    Erupting 12,000-mile-deep ‘canyon of fire’ has opened on the Sun

    A HUGE arc of electrified gas has burst from the Sun, spewing out solar radiation that's heading straight for Earth.

    The solar filament – a curve of plasma in the star's atmosphere – is at least 12,400 miles (20,000 km) deep and 10 times as long.

    According to SpaceWeather.com, which tracks the Sun's activity, fragments emerging from the blast site are coming this way.

    They're known as Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and are expected to arrive on Wednesday.

    Once they reach Earth, they will trigger what is known as a geomagnetic storm – a largely harmless disturbance of the magnetic field.

    At the extreme end of the spectrum, geomagnetic storms can disrupt satellites and even briefly knock out power grids.

  • Louis Allwood

    Weather warning for snow

    According to the Met Office, in some areas in Scotland there will be "overnight showers and longer spells of rain and sleet, will turn increasingly to sleet and hill snow by Thursday morning, leading to snow accumulations on higher ground, with 1-4 cm above 300 m."

    "Temporary low level accumulations are possible, perhaps mainly across Caithness but should be short-lived. Ice may form on some inland and upland roads by morning."

  • Louis Allwood

    What to expect from tomorrow's weather warnings

    • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are possible
    • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
    • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible in a few locations
    • Milica Cosic

      Thank you for reading my coverage today. Louis Allwood will now be looking after the blog until 10pm tonight.

    • Milica Cosic

      Showers and winds to continue tonight

      The Met Office has warned that heavy showers and blustery winds continue this evening.

      The forecasting site also added on Twitter that we can expect winds to become strong in the northwest, with gusts of 50-60 mph around the coast.

      Met Office forecaster Jonathan Vautrey said: "The general theme is for the weather to be unsettled.

      "There will be a damp and cloudy start to the working week for most with further outbreaks of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.

      "There will also be a more persistent band of rain across southern areas by Thursday."

      Tomorrow there will be more snow across northern Scotland and outbreaks of rain in north. It will be windy across the UK, with a small bit of rain will clear in the southeast, followed by a mixture of sunshine and showers.

    • Milica Cosic

      Weather forecast from the 9th April to the middle of the month

      We can expect to see some April showers as the westerly flow looks to continue through towards the middle of the month, with low pressure being the most likely dominating force for the weather.

      Weather fronts will roll in from the Atlantic, bringing patchy rain and the temperature will remain very similar to the first week of the month – flipping from slightly milder to slightly colder and back.

      There doesn’t seem to be much of an indication of high pressure setting in.

      So (and we're afraid to say) don’t expect a return to the hot temperatures like we saw in late March, nor a prolonged dry spell.

    • Milica Cosic

      Forecast for the next 10 days

      The Met Office has given it's prediction on what the weather will be like in the next 10 days.

      Fingers crossed we'll be seeing more of that 20C weather… but knowing our luck it's probably going to rain over the Easter period.

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