/-9C Arctic blast to hit UK bringing up to 10cm of snow to the UK

-9C Arctic blast to hit UK bringing up to 10cm of snow to the UK

Parts of the UK could be under 10cm of snow this week while the mercury could drop as low as -9C in another “Arctic blast” according to forecasters.

Weather maps suggest things are about too turn very cold again, with the wintry weather coming just days after Storm Arwen battered the country and the North East in particular.

According to the Mirror, the first named storm of the season claimed at least three lives and caused chaos across the country, damaging an estimated one million homes and businesses.

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It’s not about to get much better, with a risk of snow over higher ground as early as Wednesday night, while elsewhere heavy rain could be accompanied by thunder and hail.

According to a forecast from Netweather, northern England will see temperatures of -2C on Wednesday morning, while part of north-east Scotland will see a low of -3C.

The Express has reported that it is expected to be even colder on Thursday morning, with Netweather predicting a minimum temperature of -9C in central Scotland.

Snow maps from Wxcharts suggest 7cm could fall in north-west Scotland on Wednesday evening.

Temperatures are set to plunge again on Wednesday
Temperatures are set to plunge again on Wednesday
(Image: WXcharts.com)

More snow is likely to fall on Thursday, with maps claiming there will be 4cm in central Scotland, and up to 3cm between the Midlands and north-west England.

The maps suggest north-west Scotland is set to be covered in 10cm of snow by early Friday.

The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze told the Express that cold Arctic air will make a return Wednesday and Thursday, with a “widespread frost” likely and showers “increasingly” turning wintry.

He added: “Through Thursday night and Friday it looks as though weather fronts will push in from the Atlantic bringing outbreaks of rain which could be preceded by a period of snow in central and northern parts of Britain.

“Over high ground there is the possibility of significant accumulations.”

The Met Office said cold temperatures will be replaced by a warming trend on Monday, followed by another dip in temperatures on Wednesday night.

It might be time to get those sleds out of the cupboard
It might be time to get those sleds out of the cupboard
(Image: ncjMedia)

Spokesman Oli Claydon said: “The whole of the UK will turn milder. The places that will hold on to the cold air the longest will be in the south-east of the UK.

“The low temperatures will return on Wednesday and Thursday night.

“However, I don’t think it will be quite as low as we have seen before.

“It will still be below zero, but more like -4C or -5C.”

Meanwhile, engineers have been drafted in from across the UK to help thousands of homes still without power following the destructive Storm Arwen.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said the number of UK homes powerless as of 5pm on Monday was 66,000, although around 1,000,000 homes and businesses are believed to have been damaged overall.

The worst-affected areas remain Scotland and north-east England, with engineers drafted in from Northern Ireland and southern England to help repair faults and “significant damage” to the network.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to help Scotland cope with the aftermath of the storm

In Wales, rail services will be affected this week as trains that ran over debris-littered tracks are repaired, Transport for Wales said.

Met Office five-day weather forecast

Tuesday

Many areas mostly cloudy, although a few brighter breaks especially in the east and south, and to the lee of hills elsewhere.

Patchy light rain and drizzle, mainly in the north-west, where it will turn heavy later. Much milder, breezy.

Tuesday night

Rain, heavy in places, crossing many areas, accompanied by strong, possibly squally winds, especially further south and west.

Clearer, somewhat colder weather following, showers focused in the west and north.

Wednesday

Most areas seeing some sunshine, especially towards the south-east, where some places dry.

Heavier showers further west and north, with possible hail and thunder, increasingly wintry across Scotland.

Windy, colder.

Thursday to Saturday

Turning colder again with wintry showers for the north-east.

Mostly dry and bright elsewhere, although rain and hill snow will affect most places overnight Thursday into Friday.

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