- Snow forecast for Scottish mountains tomorrow, with parts of England potentially seeing snow by end of weekend
- Temperatures set to drop to -4C in some parts of the country tonight, and as low as -5C in rural parts tomorrow
- Ice weather warnings in place for tomorrow and snow warnings issued by Met Office for Sunday and Monday
Britain is braced for eight inches of snow that could bring travel chaos to thousands of commuters on Monday morning.
Forecasters have warned that a bitter Arctic blast will sweep in from northern Europe late on Sunday with the potential to bring huge parts of the country to a standstill.
Scotland, upland areas of northern England and the Welsh mountains will bear the brunt of the weather, which could last well into next week.
Blizzards and icy roads will make driving conditions treacherous in snow-hit areas. The Met Office last night issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for severe weather across the north and west of Scotland on Sunday.
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Ice weather warnings have been issued for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday (left) while weather warnings of snow have been put in place for western Scotland on Sunday (centre) and Monday (right). The Met Office has warned of travel disruption for commuters on Monday
A weather front will make its way across the north west of England overnight before gradually sinking its way towards the south east by the morning.
It will bring with it colder air and showers – with rain in western Scotland, the Scottish mountains, and parts of Cumbria potentially falling as snow or sleet on ground over 200 metres high.
Other parts of England could see hail and sleet as chilly winds bring daytime temperatures down to below freezing.
Rachel Vince, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup, said: ‘Scotland and Northern Ireland will see a mixture of sunshine and showers tomorrow.
‘These showers do look like becoming hail and sleet showers in places, with snow in the mountains.’
The Met Office currently has a weather warning for ice in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland for tomorrow morning. Further weather warnings of snow are in place for western Scotland for Sunday and Monday.
Mark Wilson, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said travellers should be careful of ice tomorrow morning, with a night of rain and clear skies potentially leading to dangerous driving conditions.
He said tomorrow would be largely cloudy across the UK, although some sunny spells could be expected. Temperatures are expected to drop again tomorrow night, with the mercury plummeting to as low as -5C in some rural parts.
Temperatures are expected to drop to -4C in some parts of the country, including in Durdle Door, near Lulworth, Dorset (pictured last night)
The sun set beautifully behind the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast after a cold and clear autumnal day in Dorset
Colder temperatures and increased rainfall means there is a ‘more significant possibility’ of snow falling on Sunday night. Pictured: Dorset
Mr Wilson said the forecast for Saturday looked slightly better, with largely dry, sunny spells and a slight increase in temperatures.
However, another band of rain is set to sweep across the country on Saturday night and temperatures are again set to plummet to below zero.
He said the colder temperatures and increased rainfall meant there was a ‘more significant possibility’ of snow falling on Sunday night.
He said accumulations of snowfall were predicted to be between 10cm and 20cm in western Scotland, over high ground, while up to 10cm could fall across the rest of Britain.
Ms Vince agreed there could be a possibility of snow on Sunday and added: ‘The Scottish mountains could see several centimetres (of snow) by the end of the weekend.’
The Met Office’s weather warnings in place for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday warn of ‘widespread icy patches’ and the risk of ice on untreated surfaces following overnight rain.
Forecasters warned of travel disruption due to the adverse weather conditions and added: ‘Accumulating snow may lead to travel disruption through the region.
‘The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel on Sunday and into Monday morning.’