Met Office Saturday weather forecast

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The UK is set to be hit by snow and an Arctic freeze in a matter of hours with weather maps and one forecaster warning of a “widespread risk”. The latest UK weather maps from WXCHARTS show snow sweeping in across Scotland tonight, intensifying on Sunday and even spreading southwards into northern England. Britons living in and around the border between the two countries could wake up to around 2cm of snow, with icy white patches appearing in northern England as bitterly cold weather sets in. 

By midday on Sunday, almost all of Scotland is at risk from snow, with the threat continuing to linger throughout the course of the day.

There is a smaller risk of snowfall in northern areas of the UK heading into Monday, although temperatures could plunge to bitterly cold levels.

Tomorrow morning, parts of northern Scotland could see the mercury sink to below freezing.

But this bitterly cold snap intensifies in the early hours of Monday, as the top half of the UK on the weather map turns icy blue, with temperature lows of -5C in Scotland and -2C in northern England.

The Weather Outlook tweeted one map, warning it shows “quite a widespread snow risk in the northern half of the UK this Sunday”.

Brian Gaze from the weather forecast warned “much colder Arctic air” will push southwards during Sunday, while in the northern half of the UK, there is an “increasing risk” of snow showers.

He said Monday will likely begin with a “widespread frost” in the north that could see temperatures plunge to as low as -7C in some areas.

Mr Gaze told “Much colder Arctic air pushes southwards during Sunday and in the northern half of the UK there is an increasing risk of snow showers. Over the Scottish mountains several cms of snow may accumulate.

“Monday is likely to begin with a widespread frost and in the north temperatures could be as low as -7C in places.

“The frost will be quite severe for the time of the year and unfortunately some of the spring bloom, such as magnolias, may take a hit.

Looking ahead, the weather forecaster added: WAs we head through Tuesday outbreaks of rain will be returning northeastwards; however, as they bump into the cold air over northern Britain they may be preceded by a period of snow.

“Accumulations are possible over high ground in northern England such as the Pennines and perhaps to lower levels in Scotland for a time, but by the end of the day any snow should be turning back to rain as it turns milder.”

He concluded: “Through the middle of next week temperatures rise and in sunny spells it should feel pleasant. With that said, it looks like a changeable picture with showers, longer spells of rain and strong winds all possible at times.

“Also, there is a chance of colder air returning southwards again later on, so all in all it’s a real mishmash of weather as spring struggles to get into gear.”

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