Deep freeze set to blast the UK as cold start to April kicks off with icy chill

The Met Office is predicting freezing conditions on Sunday morning before temperatures rise at the start of next week.

They encourage Brits to stay cautious about the ice and to take care when out walking and driving.

High pressure is moving in from the west, bringing warmer and wet weather, but there is also the likelihood of snow when it mixes with cold air from the north.

Meanwhile, maps from WXCharts show widespread snow up and down the country next Friday and Saturday, with up to 25 centimeters falling in Wales and Scotland.

Torrential rain and gales after the weekend will add to the misery before the gates to the North Pole fling back open.

Britain is just days away from an Arctic hell with further snow and -11C temperatures about to be unleashed by a "descending polar front".

Monday will be overcast and unsettled with thick cloud cover and outbreaks of rain sinking southwards, which will be locally heavy in the north and west.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, has said that although it'll be a slightly milder weekend, the cold will hit straight back later in the week.

He said: "We will lose the very cold influence on Sunday and Monday, and Tuesday will feel milder compared to the end of last week.

"However, when this cold front arrives on Wednesday and Thursday, we are going back into the very cold weather again."

Tuesday will continue overcast with thick cloud cover, and there will be outbreaks of rain, largely across northern Britain and locally heavy.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "The most likely pattern for the middle of next week is for the influence of this high pressure to wane and allow the jet stream to become flatter and start to bring more unsettled and more changeable conditions."

The Met Office long-range forecast issues that it is likely to be cold in the north with wintry showers at the end of next week and through the weekend.

Further south, weather systems coming in from the southwest will bring more prolonged spells of rain and strong winds.

There is a risk of snow at times on the northern edge of the rain bands, mainly across central and northern areas.

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