FORECASTERS have revealed the exact day snow is set to fall with Britain being hit by an icy plunge.
During the last weekend of January, millions will see snow amid a freezing Arctic blast, it’s believed.
The Arctic blast will force snow south from the Highlands – with some forecasters warning the coldest days of the winter won’t arrive for another week-and-a-half.
Meteorologist Jim Dale told The Express: “Winter is not over.”
“As we get towards the end of the month – the coldest on average parts of the year – what we’re seeing is the high pressure pulling away south and west, allowing a north-easterly air stream to come in,” he said.
“That may well start to bring some snow events towards the latter stages of the month – so that last week of January.”
WX Charts predicts snow will fall in Scotland on Friday, January 28 before moving south, hitting Newcastle by 6pm.
The following day, wintry showers will graze East Anglia early in the morning.
Swathes of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire – including the capital – will then see snow on Sunday, January 30, it’s predicted.
The Met Office’s long range forecast for the end of the month into February states: “This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.
“Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to prevail in the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.
“Spells of strong winds are likely, mainly in the north.
“Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall. Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.”
Coral makes this January odds on, at 4-5, to be the UK’s coldest since records began.
Coral go even shorter odds for snow to fall in London in January, pricing that at just 1-2.
“January is proving to be bitterly cold now as we head towards the second half of the month and temperatures are going to drop so low that we now make it odds on for the UK’s coldest first month of the year to be recorded,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
“We didn’t get the White Christmas that Londoners dreamed of but we think snow is on the way at last and it is very short odds indeed for the white stuff to fall this month,” added Aitkenhead.