Arctic blast to hit UK this week as expert warns nine inches of snow is expected

A whopping nine inches of snow is expected to fall across Britain by the end of the week – and the freezing cold Arctic blast is set to continue until December.

The whole of the UK is set to experience the mercury plummeting "significantly" by Thursday 25 November, say experts, with temperatures of -7C already on the way.

Forecasters say that those living in all parts of the country – including those as south as London – are likely to experience snow over the next few days.

The Scottish Highlands has already seen its first snowfall of the season and by next week its expected that 9.4 inches (24cm) of snow will fall.

And the cold weather will work its way down the country throughout the week, hitting the likes of York, Manchester and the West Midlands over the next few days.

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Experts from WX Charts have claimed that those around the West Midlands will experience up to six centimetres of snow – significantly less than those in Scotland.

Those living in Wales could also experience snowy weather by next week, with forecasters predicting up to 10cm.

The change in the weather comes after an unusually warm Autumn, as southern parts of England are still experiencing clear skies and mild weather on Monday 22 November.

Speaking to the Express, James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: "Cold conditions in the coming days will pave the way for a number of widespread snow events from the last week of November into the start of December.

"During this period, it is going to turn markedly colder, and with a drop in solar activity, we are looking at a potential mini ice age winter."

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster also added: "I couldn't imagine a better weather pattern for cold weather fans, with forecast models showing a northerly straight from the Arctic next week.

"It turns much colder from the north later in the weekend. From Sunday, rain is likely in the north, with some snow across higher ground, possibly reaching low levels at times."

He continued: "Further south looks to have fewer showers, but with a slight chance of wintry weather, and chilly nights with frost in places".

Fellow Met Office expert Alex Deakin added that Brits should prepare for snow from Thursday 25 November onwards.

He said: "Snow would be likely at relatively low levels across the northern half of the UK," he said.

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