UK and Europe weather forecast latest, January 8: Ferocious Arctic blast to cover the UK with heavy snow as temperatures plummet
The UK is forecasted to cope with a ferocious Arctic blast causing temperatures to drop and prompt heavy
The latest BBC Weather forecast shows snow chaos across the UK as temperatures continue to unleash havoc and even break records.
The UK faces a weekend of snow chaos, with bitterly cold temperatures starting off at just -11C this morning. Parts of the UK "could struggle to get above freezing," according to the latest BBC Weather forecast. BBC's meteorologist Helen Willets warned that "it is another cold and frosty start this Saturday morning".
Last night, Northern Ireland experienced its coldest night in a decade as temperatures plunged to -10C. England recorded its lowest overnight temperature of the winter, with -11.1C in Northumberland.
Ms Willets explained: "Northern England and Northern Wales saw quite a covering of snow yesterday. We have some freezing fog around this morning."
"Into the north, we have a slight change taking place this weekend with an incursion of Atlantic air which will lift the temperatures from where they are at the moment a little bit."
|The UK faces a weekend of snow chaos, with bitterly cold temperatures starting off at -11C (Image: BBC)|
She continued: "Temperatures dropped to -10C, -11C in the Scottish glens and northern England overnight. It is bitterly cold in the north because it has clear skies, and in the south there is a freezing fog."
"It will be icy and there are ice warnings out quite widely again today. There will be some rain, some hill snow, some snow at lower levels in Scotland, as a brisk wind arrives. It will be barely above freezing in the south where we have the freezing fog."
Ms Willets went on to warn that the milder Atlantic air could cause some "thawing effect" into next week, sparking a risk of major flooding.
She said: "The weather fronts are lining up next week with the milder air meaning we will have snow melting, and there is also heavy rain to come."
The Met Office has warned that some towns could be “cut off” with snow set to blanket parts of Britain this weekend. The weather agency has issued two severe weather warnings for heavy snow and ice.
|The Met Office has warned that some towns could be 'cut off' with snow (Image: GETTY)|
The warning reads: “Sleet and snow will continue for the next few hours, heavy at times, with some places seeing a further 3-7 cm of snow, on top of what has already fallen.”
Around 5cm of snow could fall later today across the Pennines, North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and parts of south-west England.
Sky News' weather forecaster Jo Robinson said: "Temperatures are expected to drop as low as -10C to -15C in parts of Scotland. Parts of northern England and Northern Ireland will see temperatures drop as low as -10C in prone cold spots."
|Around 5cm of snow could fall later today across the Pennines, North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and parts of south-west England (Image: GETTY)|
According to Weather Online, a mostly cloudy day for the UK and Ireland as low pressure sends fronts southward over the region. Outbreaks of rain spread across Ireland, England and Wales throughout the day. Rain reaches most areas by the evening and may be locally heavy, especially to the west. Rain clears Scotland to leave a bright afternoon here though wintry showers develop over northeastern areas. A breezy day too for most with coastal gales possible. High temperatures at 3 to 9C.
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Patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow persist across northern and eastern Spain while a few showers develop along the southern coast. Largely dry and fine elsewhere and for Portugal. Outbreaks of rain for the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia and much of Italy. Tending drier to the far north of Italy (where it will also be bright) and to the far south and over Sicily where it will be cloudier. Rain, which may be locally heavy, clears north from Greece and Turkey to leave a dry day here. A few showers may linger along northern coasts.
|BBC Weather: Warnings issued for heavy snow as further disruption expected across Europe (Image: BBC)|
A largely dry and fine day for much of mainland Europe. High pressure leads to the risk of some early mist and fog patches while there will be variable amounts of cloud around. This applies to France, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Some patchy snow may creep into far southern parts of Austria and Hungary later while isolated showers may develop along North Sea coasts of the Netherlands and Germany.
Winds pick up over Scandinavia and bands of rain, sleet and snow edge from west to east over Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and, later, into the Baltic States.
|BBC Weather have warned of severe disruption following heavy snowfall after storm Filomena (Image: BBC)|
According to Weather Online, lingering outbreaks of rain tend to clear south from Spain, the Balearic Islands, Corsica and Sardinia to leave a dry and fine end to the day here. Dry and bright all day for Portugal. Patchy, light rain and snow longers over central Italy and the Balkans but far northern and southern parts of Italy stay dry and bright. Heavy rain spreads into western and northern Greece and, later, into northern Turkey. Otherwise dry here but cloudy.
Much of central Europe stays dry and fine into Monday. Cloudier over northern France, the Low Countries, northern Germany and northern Poland with patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow. Dry and fine for southern France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, southern Germany, southern Poland and Slovakia.
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Low pressure west of Norway brings a wet and windy day to Denmark, southern Sweden and southern Finland. Rain turns to snow over Sweden and Finland. Generally a cloudy day over northern portions of Norway, Sweden and Finland with patchy snowfall here. A mostly cloudy day for the Baltic States with one band of snow clearing east through the morning and another arriving from the Baltic Sea later in the afternoon.