UK weather forecast: First snow of winter expected today as temperatures plummet to -2C

Up to 10cm of snow is set to fall in parts of the UK by the end of the week (Image: Getty Images)

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The first snow of the season is set to strike in Britain today, with up to 10cm to fall in the coming days.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across Scotland from 6pm this evening until midday on Thursday, with the western Highlands and Lanarkshire expected to bear the brunt.

The warning states: "Snow showers and icy stretches likely to bring some travel disruption."

But lower levels throughout the UK will be susceptible as the week goes on, and a freezing cold snap sees temperatures drop to -2C by Friday morning.

Added to that sleet and heavy wintry showers, as well as winds reaching 50mph, all point to a miserable few days to come, with further snow expected next week.

A weather warning is in place across Scotland
(Image: Met Office)

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Steve Ramsdale, Met Office chief meteorologist said the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and Dartmoor could even see snow today.

He told The Sun: "There is also the chance of some snow to lower levels in places later in the week.

"In the clear periods between bands of wintry showers, frosts are likely and these could be sharp or even severe in prolonged clear conditions in north-western parts of the UK.

Wintry showers, sleet and strong winds will batter the UK
(Image: Met Office)

"These unsettled conditions are likely to persist into the weekend with further periods of strong winds, heavy rain and wintry showers."

Britain will struggle to get anywhere near double digits during the day anytime soon, with highs of around 8C in the south.

BBC forecaster Louise Lear said: "Those temperatures a little disappointing for the first week of December."

A cold snap will see temperatures drop to -2C on Friday
(Image: PA)

"When you introduce moisture into this very cold air mass that we've got by the end of the week, we are going to see some wintry precipitation – rain, sleet or snow."

The meteorologist went on to describe the weather on Saturday – which will include plenty of rain – as "a bit like washing in a washing machine, spiralling around that low pressure".

"So sunny spells, scattered showers and a cold northerly wind – so, again, if you're caught in those showers it's going to feel quite raw."

UK 5 day weather forecast Today:

A band of cloud and occasional rain will move south-east, followed by sunny spells and scattered showers in the north and west. Showers heavy over Scotland and turning to snow over hills, particularly this evening.

Tonight:

Early rain in south-east, then cold with showers, frequent and heavy in north and west, falling as snow over parts of Scotland and high ground as far south as Wales.

Thursday:

Showers and longer spells of rain, across England and Wales, with snow over high ground of Wales and northern England. Wintry showers and sunny spells for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Very unsettled; generally cloudy, rather cold and windy, with showers or longer spells of rain. Snow expected over hills and perhaps to lower levels at times, mainly in the north.

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