Massive blizzard set to cover UK in 6cm of snow and bring -10C temperatures

Parts of the UK could be hit with a massive blizzard later this month with Met Office maps showing significant snowfall heading our way.

Temperatures are set to plummet later this week, meanwhile, as a result of a 1,000-mile wide polar vortex on the horizon, which could leave the country colder than Iceland.

Latest meteorological maps show a band of snow heading towards Scotland, where up to 6cm is forecast in the Highlands and the west from Wednesday (February 8).

READ MORE: UK weather warning issued with 'snow coming within days' and 1,000-mile freeze

A Met Office cold weather alert is currently in place at level two, meanwhile and has been since Friday (February 3).

The level 2 alert reads: "There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 18:00 on Sunday (February 5) and 18:00 on Tuesday (February 7) in parts of England.

"This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust's emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

A spokesperson from the national meteorological service said: "From Sunday to Tuesday it will be cold, with overnight frost widespread in the south-east and the risk of freezing fog patches. It will be rather cold compared to the average by day, with frosts possible overnight.

"Colder air from continental Europe is expected to cross the country. This high-pressure system will act to block wet and windy weather from the Atlantic. There will be some frosty nights and colder days, with daytime temperatures in mid or low single figures."

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Another meteorologist fears the threat of the polar vortex will cause havoc across the nation and will linger until March.

The same meteorologist accurately predicted the Beast from the East and the Troll from Trondheim.

Experts suggest a sudden stratospheric warning is expected to create the conditions of another bitter cold snap. The same weather system helped cause 2018's relentless snow storms and the Big Freeze in December 2010.

Speak to the Daily Mirror, British Weather Services' Jim Dale said his gut feeling was that we won't be able avoid another wintery battering.

He said: "It's a watching brief to see how it all might unfold but don't think, because it's not long until Spring and the sun is maybe out a little more, that the chance of another blast like we have seen so far are decreasing. They're not."


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