UK snow forecast: Britain facing brutal ice blast dumping 16 inches of snow in ...

UK weather: Snow and rain showers forecast by Met Office

A bitterly cold from from is heading over from the Atlantic this weekend, which is expected to bring wintry conditions including snow in northern regions as strong northerly winds hit. Scotland is forecast to be hit with 16 inches of snow in central areas this weekend, according to the latest snow depth models from WXCHARTS. Sunday will see more snow in the same area as 10 inches, with north western areas such as Carlisle seeing 2 inches.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to -4C in Scotland overnight, with southern parts of England forecast to average 0C.

Northern areas of England including Newcastle and Liverpool could also see bitter -1C tonight.

Pail Mihchaelwaite at Netweather added freezing air could bring more snow this weekend.

He said: "A weather front moved in overnight, bringing rain to many parts but also some sleet and snow, particularly over Eastern and Southeast England this morning. What's left of that will clear through during the remainder of Saturday morning, to leave all parts in a fresh northwesterly flow for the remainder of the weekend.

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UK snow forecast: Britain will be blasted by wintry conditionsUK snow forecast: Britain will be blasted by wintry conditions (Image: WXCHARTS)

"But, despite the relative chill, a thaw will set in away from the higher ground for those areas who have seen lying snow this week.

"The low pressure responsible for the weather front is up to the northwest of Scotland currently, and it'll not move far through the weekend, just slowing drifting further north and a touch east, as it moves close to the east of Iceland into Sunday."

The BBC's long range forecast said a cold front is likely to push into the UK tomorrow.

The forecast said: "As a cold ridge of high pressure over the UK slides away to the southeast into Europe this weekend, a frontal system will push in from the Atlantic.

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UK snow forecast: Up to 16 inches of snow could hit ScotlandUK snow forecast: Up to 16 inches of snow could hit Scotland (Image: WXCHARTS)

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This front will bring in some milder air.

It will also bring snow and ice for northern and eastern areas on Saturday morning, with the milder air arriving slightly later.

Sunday and Monday will see another ridge of high pressure slide over the southern half of the UK.

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