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Brits to be blasted with snow showers in two-week arctic freeze from Iceland

Snow showers are forecast to batter parts of Britain today, with the worst case scenario seeing up to 18 inches of snow falling in Scotland by 9am.

Predictions also include 4cm of snowfall in North Wales and 2cm in the south of England, according to the latest from WXCharts.

A bitter cold snap will see temperatures plunge to freezing and below for areas throughout the UK for the next fortnight.

A deep area of low pressure will sweep across Britain after Storm Bella – which has blasted Brits with 100ph winds and floods – and will be replaced with cold air from the Atlantic and Greenland, writes the Express.

It's expected snow will begin to fall overnight into Monday morning and continue in the next coming days.

By December 30, cold air from the Atlantic will see western parts of the UK hit by snow, with up to 13cm landing in the far west of Scotland, 3cm in North Wales and 4cm in the north west of the country.

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Temperatures will plummet to lows of 0C for central and southern parts of Britain, and -2C for north and -5C for Scotland.

According to WXCharts, up to 22cm of snow is expected in Scotland, 7cm in the north of England, 8cm in Birmingham and even up to 4cm in London and the south east on January 3.

The BBC long range forecast shows cold and unsettled conditions, triggered by a weather system from the Atlantic moving southwards to allow Arctic conditions to push in from Iceland and Greenland.

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It says: “This pattern will steer several low pressure areas south over the UK.

“This will allow cold air from Iceland, Greenland and even deeper into the Arctic to flow southwards over the UK, in the wake of these systems.

“A combination of cold and unsettled weather in mid-winter means that sleet and snow will be on the cards for some of us, even over some lower lying areas.

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“Fronts pushing south-eastwards are most likely to bring snow to some of the hiller parts of the UK, where a covering of snow will build up during the week.

“At low-levels, it is more likely to be a very fine balance between rain, sleet and snow, with the detail very challenging.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, covering most of the country.

The yellow alert, which spreads across the south of England and Wales, was in place for Sunday and is in place until tonight.

The Met Office warned: “An area of rain, sleet and snow will move south through Sunday night with the potential for icy surfaces and some travel disruption.”

Only Cornwall, the south coast and parts of east England are set to escape the blanket of ice and snow.

Have you seen snow where you are? Let us know in the comments below if you've woken up to a snowy scene outside!

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