Hours of snow to freeze UK this week in Arctic April plunge

A snow plough and gritting vehicle drives along the snow lined Buttertubs Pass near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales
A snow plough and gritting vehicle drives along the snow lined Buttertubs Pass near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, where more snow could land this week -Credit:PA Wire/PA Images

Sleet slushed across parts of the UK on Monday and the freezing, thundery, rainy weather shows no sign of abating just yet - with another Arctic April plunge pushing parts of England and Scotland into a deep freeze this week, say forecasters.

It's been a washout spring so far and another icy chill will blast parts of the country on Wednesday, April 17 according to weather forecasters WXCharts.

The Met Office has also given its verdict on the unseasonably poor spring and forecast when the weather will finally turn for the better.

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It comes just days after forecasters Ventusky predicted Monday would be a shocker, with predictions of thunder and rain coming to pass, with sleet spotted in parts of North Leeds on Monday morning.

Now WXCharts says parts of the North Yorks Moors as well as the Yorkshire Dales could see snow on Wednesday, between 9am and 3pm.

For the areas lucky enough to avoid snow, there will still be sheets of torrential rain to contend with instead.

Fortunately, things are finally going to improve by the end of the week, albeit still with patches of rain.

The Met Office's medium-term forecast said; "Over the weekend and into the new week a build of high pressure will likely occur, meaning more in the way of dry and calm weather across the UK as a whole. Cloud cover is rather uncertain, as some cloudy and clear regions are expected, with the chance of frost and fog where the clearer conditions are to be found overnight.

"A few light showers or some light rain will still be possible at times, this will be more likely to affect peripheral regions of the country. Temperatures will overall be close to average, probably quite a muted daily cycle in cloudier areas. However, in clearer areas, some chilly nights are likely, but conversely it will feel fairly mild in any sunshine during the daytime."