Staggering -12C icy plunge just days away bringing whopping five inches of snow

Temperatures are set to plummet to a blistering -12C in a matter of days as an aggressive wintry weather pattern threatens to bring fresh snow and widespread disruption.

New weather maps from independent forecaster WXCharts show up to five inches of the white stuff landing in some spots in the UK from Thursday 10 February to Sunday 13 February.

After heavy snowfall in the Midlands on Thursday, a sweeping formation from the Atlantic will then hit Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man in the early hours of Friday before moving into England and Wales later in the day.

Patches on Saturday will then be followed by another round of heavy snow concentrated in the north east of England, with temperatures expected to fall -12C the same weekend in Scotland.

More snow is set to land just north of London on Monday.

The Met Office also expect some 'wintry precipitation' to hit the north, with their long-range forecast from Monday 7 February to Wednesday 17 February reading: "High pressure remains to the southwest of the UK and is expected to push low pressure systems towards the north of the country.

"This will lead to an unsettled picture for much of the UK with heavy rain, stronger winds and a risk of wintry precipitation in the north while the south is expected to remain largely dry.

"It will be milder for many especially in the south of the country, whilst brief colder incursions from the north are possible throughout the period."

In the meantime, the Met Office says today (February 3) will be largely cloudy and mild with some brightness in the east.

After several days of warnings in England and Wales this week, the Environment Agency now says the risk of flooding is 'very low' — but has kept alerts in place in seven locations.

Their flood forecast reads: "Local flooding is possible from coastal/tidal along parts of the east coast of England from Wednesday through to Saturday and possible but not expected for parts of the northwest coast of England from Thursday to Saturday."

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