The Met Office has forecast blizzard conditions and very high winds for parts of the UK as the unusually mild seasonal weather comes to an abrupt halt.
A cold front is approaching Tuesday that could see “wet” snow falling on the Pennines and North York moors, while winds approaching 80 miles per hour could hit Aberdeenshire and northern and eastern Scotland, with localized blizzards also expected .
Temperatures will be around 8 ° C or 9 ° C in the south and around 4 ° C or 5 ° C in Scotland.
Aviemore on Monday saw two inches of snow that would be added overnight, Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said, hinting that this could be “good news” for the Cairngorms city ski resorts.
“But I’m not sure they’ll be too happy with the strength of the wind,” he added.
Elsewhere, in the Pennines, and possibly Lincolnshire as well, the snow is likely to be “slushy stuff” for the next few days.
Mr Partridge said people in the south will also feel the cold on Tuesday as the winds could feel the 8C mark much harsher.
“It’s definitely getting colder so when you go out, think about an extra layer … you may need anything to keep the wind out because it’s not going to be nice,” he added.
Wednesday in the west will likely be a “dry, bright day” as the wind eases with few showers, but Thursday will be a “band of rain” with freezing temperatures overnight.
Cities in the south could be exposed to temperatures of -4 ° C on Thursday morning.
Mr. Partridge said, “It’s basically what we should have for this time in January; it’s just that we’ve been so mild for so long that it’s suddenly a bit of a shock to the system. “
Warm winds from the mid-Atlantic caused temperatures in parts of Great Britain to fluctuate around 16 ° C at the turn of the year, making it the warmest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day ever.
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