Britain braced for Arctic blast bringing snow, sub-zero temperatures and gales

THE UK is braced for a week of snow, plunging temperatures and gales as polar winds sweep in.

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland next week.

Power cuts are possible and travel delays are predicted as the wintry weather returns with a vengeance.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "The general overview is that having had quite a quiet few days that kind of continues into the weekend really, with few changes happening.

"Most of the UK continues to see mostly dry weather and that continues into Sunday as well.

"But as we go into the latter part of Sunday we get quite an active weather front coming in.

"It will bring a spell of quite wet and windy weather through the whole of the UK.

"To the north of that it will start to turn much colder.

"We will see quite a drop in figures with the cold coming in from the north."

As a polar maritime air mass whips through the country at the start of the week, Brits in the north can expect to feel a chill.

Temperatures will drop about 4 or 5C to hover around freezing once more.

The spokeswoman added: "We will see a lot of showers with that as well.

"We are looking at snow over the high parts of the north.

"From Monday evening through to the rest of the week anywhere could really see some wintry showers at times.

"There is quite a change on the way."

Today saw a foggy start for many, but the fog is set to lift to give a give a bright afternoon with some sunshine in the west.

In the east it will be often cloudy with some patchy drizzle and some wind whipping in from the west later on.

Tonight will see a breezy and cloudy night for many as rain spreads in from the west.

Tomorrow morning should be quite dry for eastern parts but the west may see some wind and spots of rain.

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