BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich warned the UK will be battered by snow this weekend as the weather front which caused temperatures to rise this week will clash with high pressure and bring winter temperatures back.
Mr Rich said: “Further north and east notice things starting to turn colder the weekend.
“The weather front bringing outbreaks of rain northwards and eastward, as we get into the weekend, it starts to move backwards again because it bumps into the area of high pressure.
“In fact, everything weather-wise starts to move backwards again, as you pick up an easterly wind, a cold wind which brings the potential for some snow.”
The Met Office has warned northern and central areas for a “risk of snow” ahead of the expected cold spell.
The Met Office forecast reads: “Bands of rain spread northeast Thursday, with the gales transferring northeast.
“More showery in the southwest on Friday. Becoming colder for many Saturday, a risk of snow in northern and central areas.”
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin stated that “there are signs” that temperatures could free fall by the weekend.
He explained: “It is a bit of a mixed picture throughout this week, there will be further spells of rain, often it will be quite blustery but generally those winds will bring mild air until possibly we get to the end of the week.
“There are signs that it will turn colder as we get into the weekend.”
Forecaster Martin Bowles said: “There is a low-pressure system approaching from the west on Wednesday bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
“These could touch gale-force in exposed parts but it is the rain which will be the main issue with up to 50mm [2 ins] expected over high ground.
“The west will see the worst of this system although it will move eastwards through the day, it will pull mid-air up from the south so temperatures could reach 13C (55.4F) or 14C (57.2F).”
However temperatures will nosedive from above-average this week to below-normal by the weekend, he warned.
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He said: “We expect high pressure to build over Scandinavia again which will allow an easterly flow to become established from Friday through until Monday.
“Where this air originates, from Poland and Eastern Europe, is still cold so temperatures will fall significantly here in Britain, it looks like being a drier feature than the last time.
“However there is the possibility of some snow although this is most likely along the eastern side of the country over the weekend.”
Matt Taylor of BBC Weather warned that winter certainly wasn’t done with Britain, he said this morning: “It’s going to be cold, and it’s going to be windy.
“Yes, I hate to say it, we could see the return of snow too, this weekend.
“Winter isn’t quite done with us yet.”
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