Icy cold snap as 'mini beast from the east' grips UK

Elias Hubbard
March 19, 2018

Warning: Roads are likely to be affected.

The Met Office's chief forecaster, said: "After a clear start in many areas with the temperature falling below freezing through Monday evening, it will turn cloudier from the north, with the possibility of some wintry showers in places".

The cold spell now looks unlikely to be as severe as the conditions at the start of the month, but it is predicted that 5-10cm of snow could fall in coastal areas.

A shock to the system this weekend with a significant drop in temperature.

The Met Office said there is a strong cold front pushing south-west across the country from today until tomorrow, with a dry polar-continental air mass coming in from Scandinavia.

"But there is chance of snow all through tomorrow and into Sunday as it comes in from the east".

There may be cause to get your sledges out again at the weekend with more snow forecast to fall.

But those fearing a return of the blizzard conditions that paralysed roads at the beginning of the month need not panic.

Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend's weather could be dubbed a "mini beast from the east".

The Met Office said: "Snow accumulations will be variable across the area as showers are expected to organise into bands". All of us will see temperatures below freezing with a harsh frost and ice.

By Sunday temperatures will plunge even more.

Sunday is also likely to see further snow, especially for parts of the South West, where as much as 25cm could fall on higher ground.

But he added that the cold snap will be short lived, with temperatures rising "fairly rapidly" from Tuesday.

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