UK weather forecast: Polar freeze to smash nation as snow risk surges – maps turn icy blue

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Destructive gale-force winds of up to 90mph are battering northern areas of the country this weekend as Storms Malik and Corrie make their presence felt. The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings covering Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland as the newly named storms batter the UK with huge winds and heavy rain. But the weather misery for millions of Britons looks set to continue towards the end of next week, with temperatures plummeting and the risk of snow surging throughout large parts of the country.

The latest UK weather map from WXCHARTS turns dark blue next Friday (February 4) as a polar maritime air from the northeast rapidly sweeps in.

Temperatures are forecast to plummet to as low as -3C in a region of Scotland early that morning, with several other parts of the country struggling to get above freezing, according to maps from Netweather.

Far-reaching parts of northern England and a small area of Wales could also fall below freezing as millions of Britons wake up to bitterly cold conditions.

That icy-cold feel will continue towards around midday, with the freezing temperature lows spreading southwards towards North West England before the mercury edges up slightly heading into late afternoon.

But this polar freeze could also bring snow with it, as the Netweather maps show a high risk of snow throughout large parts of the UK next Friday morning.

There is forecast to be a 95 percent risk of snow in a large region of Scotland at around 6am.

But England is unlikely to escape the onslaught, with more than a 70 percent chance of snow in an area of North West England, as well as Wales.

There is also around a 30 percent risk of snow covering the Midland and South East England.

The latest weather maps from WXCHARTS suggest Scotland could be smothered in snow next Friday, with more than two inches in one area, with a small blanket of snow spreading southwards into northern England.

Brian Gaze from the Weather Outlook warned “pulses of polar maritime air” from the northeast could trigger some “colder interludes”, with showers turning wintry in the north and over the Welsh mountains.

He told “During next week high pressure looks like being centred further southwest than it has been recently.

“That will lead to more changeable and at times windy weather, particularly in the northern half of the UK.

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“Pulses of polar maritime air from the northwest could bring brief colder interludes, with showers turning wintry in the north and over the Welsh mountains.

“However, for snow lovers in the south the prospects continue to look disappointing in what to date has been yet another mild winter.”

The Met Office’s long-range weather forecast for February 2-11 also states: “An unsettled start to this period as rain moves north-eastward, becoming increasingly widespread and heavy.

“Some wintry conditions could also develop around high ground in Scotland.

“Gale force winds in the far north and northeast start to ease, although temperatures continue to remain rather cold in this area.

“Elsewhere temperatures remain around average with a moderate to strong breeze.

“A north/south divide is expected to continue through the rest of the period with settled conditions and milder temperatures prevailing in the south, whilst unsettled and wetter conditions with strong winds are seen across northern regions.

“Some, mostly short-lived, spells of colder temperatures are likely in the north and northwest, where some wintry showers could develop.”

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