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BBC Weather: UK to be hit by snow as temperatures drop

Heavy snow is expected to batter Scotland, the latest snow depth models from WXCHARTS show. Central parts of Scotland could see deep levels of snow, with 19 inches (50cm) on Friday, January 29. A few days later on Friday, February 5, the snow is expected to accumulate to reach 21 inches (54cm).

Northwestern parts of England such as the Lake District and Appleby-in-Westmorland may see 6 inches (17cm) on Saturday, February 6.

Luton and London may also see a sprinkle of snow during the first weekend of February.

Temperatures could also plummet as low as -12C on Sunday 7 in central parts of Scotland.

Many parts of England could be hit with freezing lows from next week too, with northwestern regions including Carlisle and Cumbria seeing -5C on Sunday, February 6.

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UK long-range forecast: Britain is bracing for cold air in FebruaryUK long-range forecast: Britain is bracing for cold air in February (Image: WXCHARTS)

North Yorkshire could also see -2C next Tuesday.

Cold temperatures could also hit Manchester with -3C on Saturday, February 6.

Claire Kennedy-Edwards, senior meteorologist at The Weather Company, warned of a split in the polar vortex at the start of next month potentially bringing cold air to the UK.

She told Express.co.uk: "Our latest forecast for February indicates it will be an increasingly cold month - colder than average across the UK.

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UK long-range forecast: Scotland could see 54cm of snowUK long-range forecast: Scotland could see 21 inches of snow (Image: WXCHARTS)

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"This is due to a weak stratospheric polar vortex (SPV) and related impacts of a recent sudden stratospheric warming event.

"The weak vortex and wind reversal high in the stratosphere forces the jet stream further south and this allows colder air from the Arctic to move south to mid-latitudes.

"Another disruption or split in the vortex is possible at the end of January and early February.

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"These disruptions to the vortex usually lead to -North Atlantic Oscillation (-NAO) conditions which we are currently experiencing now.


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UK long-range forecast: Cold air from the Arctic is expected to sweep down the UKUK long-range forecast: Cold air from the Arctic is expected to sweep down the UK (Image: WXCHARTS)

"These -NAO conditions mean colder drier spells and more likely across parts of northern and

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