Britain to be hit with SEVEN INCHES of snow, gales and -2C temperatures on SaturdayDecember 12, 2018
From this evening the mercury will start to hover around 0C, before wind chills tomorrow will make it feel more like -4C in some spots.
While the majority of the snow will settle on mountainous and hilly parts of Scotland and Wales, lower areas could still see some snowflakes.
The Weather Channel predicts a band of rain is set to sweep across the country on Saturday, "falling as a wintry mix along its leading edge through the morning across the Midlands, northern England, Scotland and then eastern England, before turning back to rain through the afternoon".
Forecasters there also says: "Snow will fall across the northern mountains, with 10-20cm of snow forecast across the higher levels of the Scottish Highlands.
"The fresh to strong south-southeasterly winds will make it feel even colder, with a windchill of -1 to -7C."
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The Met Office is less certain on the amount of snow predicted to fall but agrees "there is a chance of snow" going as far south as Wales, as well as the Grampians and the North York Moors from as early as tomorrow.
Meterologist Aidan McGivern said of today: "The breeze will be the key though, that breeze making it feel cold in the east.
"And that will be especially strong in the west with gales developing across western parts of Scotland around coasts and hills will have gusts of around 50mph.
"The breeze helping to stir things up in many places overnight, some widespread frost.
"High pressure to the east of us remains in place, cold dense air well and truly entrenched across us from Scandinavia.
"Elsewhere a lot of sunshine on Thursday, clear blue skies through central areas but some cloud pushing through some central areas but some shower clouds pushing into eastern Scotland and eastern England – we could even see the odd flake of snow over the Grampians and the North York Moors."
The Met Office is also forecasting gale-force winds in the West as a five-day freeze from Icelandic air chills the UK.
Thursday night and Friday morning will be particularly cold, where large areas of the country will dip into sub-zero temperatures.
But in some especially cold places, the mercury could fall breathtakingly low.
Craig Snell from the Met Office told The Sun Online: "There's probably scope that it could come down to about -6C and -7C in the real countryside areas like the high ground of the Pennines and some of the glens of Scotland.
"For most of the public, we're looking at falling just below freezing so the main towns and cities will be at 0C or -1C, the suburbs -2C or -3C, and then a few spots around -4C and -5C and then the odd spot at -7C."
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