Met Office say snow will return Monday with most of UK facing an Arctic dumping

The Met Office has said that widespread snow is going to return on Monday, with millions of Brits facing several inches of the white stuff and sub-zero temperatures.

Their forecast is supported by updated weather model maps, which show that almost the entire UK is in for an Arctic dumping next week.

In their outlook for Sunday to Tuesday (December 5 to 7) the Met Office warn that an "organised band of rain clears east Monday, preceded by snow".

There will also be snow on Sunday, but "over higher ground", with rain showers "in the east initially".

The full extent of Monday's wintry covering is highlighted by weather maps from WXCharts, which show a massive snow front engulfing the vast majority of the country.

They indicate that several regions will see multiple inches of snow on the ground. England's North West is again set to be battered, with three inches forecast for areas around Manchester.

The West Midlands, north Wales and the North East will also be hit by major flurries on Monday. WXCharts predict at least one inch of snow on the ground there.

Almost all of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, is set to be bombarded by one or two more inches.

Snow will continue to fall heavily on higher ground.

With the snow inevitably comes freezing temperatures, and WXCharts' graphs indicate that another icy plunge will send the mercury into the negative.

Southern-central England and areas around London are only expected to see minor flurries, but temperatures there will dip to 1C on Monday and below freezing on Tuesday.

England's South West, East Anglia and Northern Ireland, the few regions set for rain rather than snow, may also be the only regions not to dip below 0C with lows of 0.2C to 1C forecast for Tuesday.

Temperatures in Wales and the Midlands will edge one or two decimal places below freezing at the start of next week, but the chill there will be nothing compared to the North West with -5C forecast there.

The North West will only be beaten by the Scottish Highlands, which face a bitter -7C chill.

Scottish cities and Newcastle can all expect lows of -2C to -3C next week, according to WXCharts.

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