Record Breaking Snow Predicted For November
BRITAIN is braced for the "worst winter in decades" with the first major snowfall expected in weeks.
Forecasters warned the entire country is set for a horror freeze which will bring brutal winds and fierce blizzards.
Temperatures have already started to plunge as a swathe of cold air from the Arctic has swept across the UK in the past few days.
The first long-range forecasts warn of "recordbreaking snowfall" next month.
Heavy wintry showers are expected to cause widespread chaos with below-average temperatures possibly lingering until February.
Long-range forecasters blamed the position of a fast-flowing band of air known as the jet stream near to Britain and high pressure for the extreme conditions. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: 'We are looking at a potentially paralysing winter, the worst for decades, which could at times grind the nation to a halt.
'Persistent cold snaps with some very heavy snowfall are likely, and I would not be surprised if some records are not broken this year.
He blamed the 'poorly positioned" jet stream which is expected to be 'blocked" south of the UK, allowing a continual flow of freezing Arctic air.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said it was likely to be the worst winter for more than 100 years.
'November could turn out to be a record-breaking month. There is the potential for some significant falls of snow. The northern half is likely to experience the worst conditions.
The forecast of a harsh winter comes amid fears that millions of pensioners will face an 'eat or heat" dilemma this year as energy prices are set to rocket by up to 10 per cent.
Households in some areas have already been forced to crank up the heating in near-freezing conditions.
Government forecasters said overnight temperatures over the next few days will hover close to freezing in the North with the South in single figures.