UK braced for heavy snow and new Beast from the East as temperatures plummet to -2C
More snow is set to fall in northern UK this week (Image: Getty Images)
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A plume of freezing cold air will see temperatures drop to -2C overnight in parts of Britain amid outbreaks of more snow and heavy rain.
Plenty of moisture and cloud is set to continue moving through the country on Monday, with rain heaviest over western hills and combining with cold air for snow in northern Scotland.
There are currently two warnings in place from the Met Office due to snow showers across Shetland and heavy rain pushing into western Scotland.
Between 60-80mm of rain is due to fall over higher ground until 6pm today, with the snow warning in place until 8pm with up to 10cm expected on ground above 300m.
Coastal winds hitting speeds of 40mph have bombarded parts of the UK into the early hours of Monday, though cloud coverage has meant it has not been as cool as recent days.
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That being said, the Highlands did plummet to -1C by 5am, while in southern England temperatures did hover around 0C – and tomorrow night could dip lower.
And while there is frost and risk of ice at times across the country this week, by and large, it will feel milder as temperatures peak at 11C.
The rain will continue to push northwards throughout today, following a foggy and frosty start.
The far southeast is expected to remain dry, while a flurry of snow is forecast to strike in the far north by 3pm.
Wintry weather is set to cause more traffic delays
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)
The Met Office has issued two weather warnings in Scotland
"As we head through Monday night it stays quite wet and cloudy for much of the country, but the colder drier air across the north will start to push southwards – here there'll be a few wintry showers by the time we start Tuesday," BBC forecaster Stav Danaos said.
Met Office weather charts show rain, sleet and snow pushing south across Scotland into tomorrow, but with clear spells to follow.
Monday's frontal system is expected to clear southeastwards and Tuesday should be brighter but with a cold northerly flow.
Further wet weather is likely on Wednesday, bringing some snow and freezing rain in the north.
The conditions which brought about the Beast from the East could be repeated
It comes as the conditions which led to 2018's Beast from the East could repeat by the end of the month.
Parts of the stratosphere have already warmed by around 50C which has the power to interrupt the jet stream potentially putting it into reverse.
"The stratosphere above the North Pole has warmed, it started its process on the 4th of January and has been rapidly warming over the last few days," said Met Office forecaster Craig Snell.
It could mean all of Britain being struck with blizzards and daytime temperatures of -5C into early February.
UK 5 day weather forecast Today:
Rather cloudy with only brief bright intervals in the south and east, whilst some rain or showers affect the west. Rain will be persistent in the north-west, turning to snow over northern Scotland. Windy and generally milder than of late.
Cloudy with occasional rain, heavy in places, clearing away south from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England, where clearing skies will allow frost and ice. Wintry showers far north-east.
Rain becoming confined to parts of southern and south-west England, Wales and returning east across Northern Ireland. Dry and sunny elsewhere, a few wintry showers far north and east.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Rain spreading northeast on Wednesday turning to snow over northern hills. Turning drier from the west later in the week. Milder midweek in the southwest, otherwise temperatures below average.