Brits waking up to frosty weather this morning (Wednesday, December 7) are being warned that the worst is yet to come with an Arctic blast set to batter the UK.
Warnings have been issued in recent weeks about the return of the dreaded Beast from the East snowy weather system coming to UK shores from Russia.
And while the mercury has been hitting as low as -2C overnight, it is now being claimed by experts that it will hit the freezing low temperature of -10C in densely populated areas.
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Starting from later today, and covering most of Scotland, England and Wales, it could even last two weeks as the Arctic blast triggers snow and ice across the country.
Speaking to the Daily Express, The Weather Outlook's Brian Gaze said: “The combination of high pressure over Greenland and low pressure over Scandinavia will lead to very cold Arctic air being pulled southwards over the UK during the next few days.
"Unusually for the UK it looks as though the cold period will last a week or longer.
"Snow is possible anywhere, but in the short term the main risk is in the northern half of Scotland where up to 10cms could fall on Wednesday.
"A disturbance moving southwards during Thursday may bring a little snow even to parts of central and southern Britain.
"A key feature of this cold spell is likely to be very low temperatures. The combination of very short days, slack pressure patterns and the possibility of snow cover means that it is not out of the question that -20C will be recorded in the Scottish Glens during the next week.
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He added that in the southern half of Britain temperatures will probably plunge to between -5C and -10C in some locations and in the Welsh valleys they may fall below -10C.
He continued: “Forecast details become much more uncertain next week, but some computer models are showing areas of low pressure starting to push up from the Southwest.
“It is only one possible scenario being shown by computer models at the present time, but if it happens the chance of disruptive snow in the southern half of Britain will increase.”
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