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Snow forecast: Britain facing nationwide whiteout as storms unleash -12C big freeze – maps

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A storm forecast to clip the north of Scotland on Tuesday will sweep a hooked plume of Arctic air across the UK.

Britons are warned gale-force winds will drive a deluge of snow with another Polar blast due mid-week.

It follows a weekend of storm hell which briefly blows itself out today (Monday) as Storm Franklin spins away from British shores.

But the next assault, less than 24 hours away, will add to the mix sub-zero temperatures, polar gales and heavy snow.

Weather models paint a terrifying picture ahead of the weekend of a near-nationwide deluge driven by -12C polar winds.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “Britain is looking at a potent wintry blast through the latter part of Wednesday and into Thursday.

“Northern England is at risk of seeing some significant snowfall during this period and some of these showers could reach southern regions and fall to lower ground.

“The potential exists for some accumulation during the coming days.”

The chilly warning comes as Britain remains in the grip of possibly the worst battering for a century as storm after storm barrels in from the Atlantic.

The jet stream, wedged directly over the UK, charging at speeds of 200mph at its core, is partly to blame.

The jet frequently steers low-pressure systems in from the Atlantic, but its unusually strong ‘jet streak’ centre is supercharging storms with freakish power and vigour.

Franklin is the latest to hit the UK, and while no further names have been issued this week, another on Thursday could emerge as ‘Gladys’.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “Later on Thursday northern Britain could well see another period of very blustery conditions as a low-pressure system moves in and towards Denmark.

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“A cold front comes through on Tuesday, and while it moves through quite quickly, there is some wind on it.”

“The low on Thursday, though, is one to watch.”

John Hammond, meteorologist for weathertrending, agreed another bout of stormy weather will hit towards the middle of the week.

In better news, Britain’s weather is showing signs of calming down by the weekend as the jet stream finally shifts position, he added.

He said: “This week starts in squally fashion with Storm Franklin, and then another batch of particularly wet and windy weather sweeps across the country around midweek.

“If we can get through the next few days, there are calmer waters ahead.

“By the weekend a shift in the jet stream will provide a calmer period, especially across southern and eastern areas.”

Temperatures will start to drop over the next day or so with a further bitter plunge forecast towards the end of the week.

Weather models reveal a near nationwide snow deluge on Thursday with bitter winds pushing temperatures to -12C or lower in parts.

Ground temperatures will sink as low as -13C in parts of Scotland with lows more widely between freezing and low single figures.

Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow said: “Wednesday night into Thursday sees much colder air arrive from the northwest and there could be snow on the back edge of the frontal system and snow showers following.

“Even colder air follows for Thursday night with signs of heavier snow for northern Scotland, maybe even reaching down briefly to northeast Britain early Friday as the low clears.”

The Met Office predicts heavy rain followed by wintry showers towards the end of the week.

A spokesman said: “The north and northwest are likely to see the wettest and coldest conditions, with spells of rain and hill snow interspersed with periods of sunshine and showers.

“The south and southeast will generally be less windy and more settled, but there is still likely to be some rain at times.”

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