UK weather forecast – Snow and FIVE-DAY freeze to blast Britain says Met Office with 60mph storms and fog

Wintry temperatures will return with a bang as the UK sees the mercury plunge to -5C in some parts of the country.

Chilly air from Iceland looms and will sweep across the country from this evening, remaining cold until midweek

Freezing fog is a possibility and snow could even blanket the hills of northern England.

And while temperatures should rise again on Thursday, "disruptive snowfall" then threatens to cause road and rail chaos.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the East.

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“Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England.

“Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the West are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain – and snow in the North, mainly on hills.”

Yesterday parts of the country were submerged by flash floods as gale-force winds battered the country. Dozens of flood warnings and alerts were in place, but these have lessened today.

Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun Online: "On Sunday it's staying unsettled with more showers and rain, particularly first thing which could be accompanied by strong winds across the south.

"We could see strong gusts of wind.

"Through the day the showers will move away southwards and we will see cold north-westerly flow across the UK.

"It will be a day of sunshine and showers but will certainly feel colder.

"It will be a cold night going into Monday. There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Colder weather will arrive from the North, with East coasts prone to the odd wintry shower.

“There is a significant chance of disruptive snowfall as moister air arrives from the West from midweek.”

And despite the winds easing off slightly today, it will feel much colder this evening. Some areas could even see a frost forming as temperatures drop.

This week we told how Brits are braced for a blast of icy Scandinavian air next week, as the odds of a white Christmas is slashed.

As temperatures fall next week, bookies have slashed the odds on every city in Britain seeing snow on Christmas Day.

Aberdeen is the most likely to see a White Christmas at 6/5 while London’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.

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White Christmas odds around the UK – find out if snow is forecast in your area

Major cities across the UK are likely to enjoy a white Christmas with freezing conditions expected to hit the country in the coming weeks.

Bookies say it’s looking likely that this winter will break records on the temperature front.

The odds of it snowing on December 25 in London are 5/1, in Manchester 4/1, in Birmingham it’s 5/1 and up in Newcastle the odds are 5/2.

And the move into colder weather could come as early as next week, with high pressure building over Scandinavia and an easterly flow sweeping across Britain.

A list of major cities around the UK and Ireland and the odds of them seeing snow at Christmas can be seen below.

Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun: "It will be a cold night going into Monday.

"There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Ladbrokes have made it just 1/2 that any part of the UK wakes up to a white Christmas.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters dreaming of a white Christmas may well get their wish this year."

The bookies now make it 10/11 that this winter has record-breaking temperatures.

Mr Apati said: "It’s looking more likely than ever that this winter breaks records, with a White Christmas being just as likely."

Their latest odds have been released as winds of 60mph from the Atlantic are set to hit northern England today before travelling down the country to the south-west.

Commuters are expected to have to deal with travel delays due to the winds and drivers of tall vehicles have been advised to take care on bridges.

A Met Office forecaster said showers would be ‘hefty,’ even warning of thunder and hail in areas.

Forecasters have warned the mercury will plunge to around 5C in some parts of Scotland on Sunday.

It’ll lead to a bitter frost returning into next week, especially in northern and eastern areas.

Odds on a white Christmas in major cities around the country

Aberdeen 2/1

Edinburgh 5/2

Glasgow 5/2

Newcastle 5/2

Belfast 3/1

Liverpool 7/2

Manchester 4/1

Birmingham 5/1

Bristol 5/1

Cardiff 5/1

Dublin 5/1

Leeds 5/1

London 5/1.

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Winter storm moving east heading into weekend

Most of the eastern U.S. is in the grip of wintry weather with cold temperatures and snowfall.

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Anywhere from 3 to 7.5 inches of snow fell Wednesday from the Carolinas to New Jersey and western New York — producing numerous accidents and spinouts.

Now, a new storm is moving from west to east over the next several days and bringing heavy snow, ice and heavy rain.

The western storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to Southern California and wind gusts to near 70 mph. Also several inches of snow fell in the Southern California mountains Wednesday.

The storm will continue to move through the Southwest on Thursday from California into Arizona and New Mexico with rain and mountain snow. Some minor flash flooding is possible.

By Friday afternoon, the storm system will redevelop in southern Texas and bring with it heavy rain.

Heavy snow and ice will break out to the north on Friday night into Saturday morning from the Texas Panhandle to central Oklahoma.

The storm system will move into the Southeast by Sunday, bringing heavy snow and ice to the southern Appalachian Mountains and heavy rain for the eastern Gulf Coast states. Major ice and snow is forecast for the Carolinas and into Virginia and parts of northern Georgia.

Heavy snow is forecast from the Texas Panhandle to southern Virginia, where locally 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible. Some areas in the southern Appalachian Mountains could see more than a foot of snow.

Some areas from Oklahoma to the Carolinas could see up to half an inch of ice accumulate on cold surfaces — a major deal since this far south they don’t deal well with wintry precipitation.

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