Arctic Blast To Last A Month!
BRITAIN faces a month-long Arctic freeze as a huge swathe of bitter air sweeps in from the North Pole today.
Temperatures are set to tumble to -11C (12F) in the North and -4C in the South.
The big freeze will also bring the first widespread snowfall of winter with up to six inches expected over high ground.
Freezing winds will lead to blizzard conditions in some parts while motorists across the country have been warned to take extra care as ice turns roads into skating rinks.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for ice across much of northern, western and central areas of Britain.
A spokesman said: “The first cold plunge of the season will bring air which has originated over the Canadian Arctic. This air mass will contain frequent showers, which will fall as snow over hills and at times to low levels, especially in heavier bursts.
Councils have gritters at the ready to keep traffic moving and many have stockpiled more salt than last year to deal with the expected chaos.
Temperatures will start to dip today before the Arctic blast roars in tomorrow. Even parts of the South-east may see their first flurries of snow by the weekend.
Leon Brown, of The Weather Channel, blamed the intense cold on a “Polar plunge” – a swathe of freezing air sweeping in from the Arctic. “North-east winds during Tuesday may well bring snow to lower levels in east Scotland, then this band of snow will move south to northern England,” he said.
“These areas could well wake up to two inches of snow on Wednesday with a risk of six inches over higher parts of north-east England.”