Heavy snow and harsh wintry weather is predicted this week as warnings have been issued across the UK.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow across parts of Scotland and North East England, as well as a yellow warning in large areas of the rest of the country.
The amber snow warning is valid from 3pm this afternoon until 10am tomorrow, and the yellow one continues until 9pm tomorrow.
Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: ‘There is cold air from the north pushing down the east side of the UK and warm air moving in from the west.
‘Where these two air masses meet a weather front is bringing some heavy rain which is turning to snow in places.’
Rain will turn to snow, first on high ground this afternoon, but increasingly to lower levels.
The risk of snow will move into northern parts of England this evening, with up to 20cm in higher areas and some places at lower levels could see between 5cm and 10cm by the morning.
Snow is likely to slowly die out through tomorrow afternoon, but there is a risk of ice with rain falling on frozen surfaces.
Some areas in the north of the country have already seen snow today.
The Met Office added there is a continued risk of wintry, unsettled weather into next week as warm and cold air continue to battle it out across the country.
Another yellow snow and ice warning has already been issued for Saturday, covering large parts of Scotland and northern and central England.
It comes as a return of the ‘Beast of the East’ is predicted over the coming weeks.
Meteorologists warned that a dramatic stratospheric event currently unfolding above the North Pole will have severe weather implications, starting from next week.
A cold snap has been predicted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter.
It will ironically come from something known as a ‘sudden stratospheric warming’ event, which occurs when a sudden burst of heat seeps into the air currents above the polar region.
Sudden stratospheric warming in 2018 pushed frigid air from Siberia down into Europe, leading to a snowstorm-laden area of high pressure enveloping the UK now infamously known as the ‘Beast from the East’.
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