UK snow forecast: -12C Atlantic freeze to smash Britain seeing up to 20 INCHES of snow

UK weather: Charts show high probability of snow in UK

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Parts of England are also set to be hit with snow when the deep freeze settles in. The UK is set to be hit with a cold spell, which is set to “ramp up” during the second and third week of the month, weather forecaster Jim Dale has said. Mr Dale said the cold period is likely to come after a “fairly sedate” first week of the month. Weather forecaster WXCharts has forecast up to 20 inches (50cm) of snow in central Scotland, with the regions in the UK north of Birmingham seeing up to 2 inches (5cm).

The snow is likely to fall on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 February, the forecaster has shown.

Parts of the UK including Manchester and Nottingham are likely to see up to 0.3inches (1cm) per hour on Thursday.

While central Scotland is expected to see up to 4inches (10cm) of snow per hour on Friday.

Over the course of the weekend, temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -12C in Scotland, with the rest of the UK sitting at freezing or below.

Mr Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, warned that the UK is “definitely not out of Winter”.

He said that the UK will see “wintry outbreaks” and “cold spikes” in temperature like this throughout the month of February.

Speaking to, he said: “This is the final month of winter.

“The second half of January and the first half of February are the average coldest and snowiest periods of the year.

“That’s the historic precedent.

“The first thing to say is we’re definitely not out of winter.”

He added: “It’s not out of kilter with the time of year, this is bang in the middle of when you’d expect to see some of the coldest temperatures.

“The lag effect if you like. It’s what happens in the Summer – it’s the other way around – you sometimes get a really very nice September and sometimes even the Indian summer in October.

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“It does happen in the exact opposite way around in winter when you get the cold spikes into late February or March.”

The “wintry outbreak” is likely to follow a week of more mild conditions, Mr Dale told

He said: “I think the first week of February is going to be fairly sedate.

“A bit like maybe we have now – temperatures in the 10C, 11C, 12C, during the daytime.

“It’s almost sort of non-descript, waiting for activity to ramp up from the Atlantic – which will happen.

“It’s more likely to be the second and third weeks of February when we see that.

“What I’m seeing from the charts, you’d expect to see February be more changeable, more mixed in the medium term. Yes, with some wintry outbreaks at times.”

But he added: “I don’t expect them to last. I think they’ll be short-lived – short-lived spikes, short-lived thrusts from north, north-easterly directions.”

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