BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes warned a freezing front will descend on the UK from the Arctic today bringing snow showers and a dramatic drop in temperatures for parts of Scotland. He said: “Showers will continue over the next few hours, mostly across the north of Scotland. Elsewhere it’s largely dry, but there’s quite a bit of cloud in eastern areas and it stays quite breezy as well and that should keep the temperatures for the most part above freezing.
“But with lighter winds and clearer skies in Wales, parts of the Midlands and south-west England, these are the areas where we’re likely to see temperatures drop enough to give us some frost.
“High pressure is still influencing the weather on Tuesday, but we’ve got this cold front diving southwards into Scotland as the day goes by.
“For many of us a bright start of the day with some sunshine.”
He warned: “This cold front will be bringing rain and probably a bit of snow into parts of Scotland.
“In Northern Ireland, England and Wales, temperatures between 11C and 13C.
“But through the afternoon, as that cold front works southwards we get colder air. 5C or 6C, the rain turning to snow for a time and wintery showers will follow.”
Charts from Net Weather show swirls of red, yellow and green moving in towards Scotland from the North Sea, before pushing down over the northeast of England, including North Yorkshire and Teesside.
Net Weather forecaster Jo Farrow predicted snow to fall as far south as the Pennines, with icy conditions expected in other northern regions on Wednesday.
She said: “The cold front continues down over England with more cloud and a little rain, even snow for tops of the Pennines.
“Colder air pulls into northern Scotland on Tuesday night with a widespread frost and a few snow showers for the far north of Scotland and Aberdeenshire.
“Early on Wednesday, there could be ice to watch out for in parts of northern Britain. The winds will be very light by Wednesday.”
The Met Office warned on its website of wintry showers falling in northern areas of the UK today.
It said: “Sunny spells for southern areas but areas of cloud by afternoon; less windy, feeling a little warmer.
“Northern Britain turning colder, as rain and hill snow clears to wintry showers
“Outlook for Wednesday to Friday is mostly dry with some pleasant sunshine.
“Cloudier in the far north with scattered showers, these perhaps affecting some eastern districts on Wednesday. Cold at night, with frost likely in places.”
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A forecast on Weather Outlook also stated snow could fall on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
It said: “Today an area of rain and snow pushes southwards across the northern half of Scotland.
“Accumulations of snow are possible, especially over high ground. The rest of the UK has a fine day.
“In the southern half temperatures will be up on today’s values and closer to the mid May average.
“During Wednesday showers are likely in the north and east. In Scotland they could still have a wintry flavour.
“Elsewhere it will be dry and bright.
“Temperatures remain on the low side for the time of year and frost could be widespread early in the day.”
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