Snow and ice are coming: What will the UK weather be like this week?

We’re only halfway through January but Britain has already been battered by severe weather conditions in 2018.

And after a stormy start to the year, things are about to get snowy this week.

Forecasters say arctic wind will bring ice and snow to many parts of the UK on Monday and Tuesday.

Disruption to travel and power supplies is expected this week.

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Forecasters have issued snow and ice weather warnings for Scotland and Northern Ireland as the icy front advances from the Atlantic on Monday.

Here is what we can expect from the weather this week:

WHAT WILL THE TEMPERATURE BE?

Mild conditions of around 10C on Monday morning will disguise the bitter weather expected to swallow the country later in the day.

Once the cold hits, temperatures are not expected to escape single figures until it clears towards the end of the week, dipping towards freezing in Scotland on Tuesday.

WHAT DOES THE MET OFFICE SAY?

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which kicks in at 6pm on Monday and signals three days of “frequent and heavy hail and snow showers” across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It continues: “Travel delays on roads are possible, with a small chance of cancellations to public transport.

“There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.”

HOW MUCH SNOW WILL THERE BE?

Snow will be dumped up to 10cm deep in higher parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland and between 2cm and 5cm elsewhere, according to the Met Office.

By Tuesday the snow will have begun to reach the north of England and Wales, potentially moving further south for a time and leaving between 1cm and 2cm.

Snow is forecast for the UK this week (Picture: PA)
Snow is forecast for the UK this week (Picture: PA)

WHAT ABOUT WINDS?

England and Wales will not be spared the cold weather and are expected to be lashed by punishing gusts which could reach gale-force in some areas.

Britain has already felt the force of Storm Eleanor in 2018 (Picture: PA)
Britain has already felt the force of Storm Eleanor in 2018 (Picture: PA)

WHAT IS BEHIND THE COLD SNAP?

Met Office forecaster Matt Box said: “A cold front will come down on Monday and it will herald the arrival of polar maritime air mass across the UK and, that being a cold air mass, temperatures are going to feel a lot colder.

“It is also going to be accompanied by some cold winds as well, gale-force winds at time across the south, mainly coastal sites and exposed hills.

“There are going to be some blustery snow showers moving in from the west and bringing snow across Scotland at first.”

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