Weather charts show wall of snow as Britain to be plunged into new big freeze within days

Weather maps show a wall of snow could be about to hit Britain. Temperatures are set to plunge below zero in the far north of Scotland down to as far as -10C as the country exits winter and heads into spring. 

Meanwhile, in the South, temperatures will be slightly higher at around -1C, marking a cold end to the month just as the clocks go back on March 26.

Fast-forward to the start of April and temperatures will remain low with the possibility of snow.

According to WXCharts, the North East and North West of Scotland could be hit by several centimetres of snow while the South could still face a handful of centimetres on lower ground.

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Writing on Net Weather, Nick Finnis said the UK should expect a mild period of weather followed by a cold end to the month.

Mr Finnis wrote: “Unlike recently, it looks to be mostly mild over the next 10 days, with temperatures above average. Low pressure looks to dominate during this period, the lows and their associated frontal systems will move in off the Atlantic at times, bringing spells of rain east or northeast, interspersed by brighter but showery weather.

“Cold polar air will never be too far away to the north of northern Scotland, with potential for this cold air to spread down across at least the north of Scotland but perhaps further south in the wake of low-pressure systems which manage to clear east of the UK.

“If this cold air does move south, it will mean areas of rain moving in off the Atlantic will turn to snow over the higher ground of Scotland, with a risk of frost and ice when skies clear.”

However, Mr Finnis wrote that away from the far north “it’s looking mild and generally frost-free the next 10 days, not overly mild”.

At the end of the month, he said the UK “could see colder polar air return from the north in the last 5 days of the month, perhaps cold enough to bring some wintriness in precipitation in the north, with a return of overnight frosts widely, though any snow mostly confined to higher ground in the north.”

As a result, the prediction is for a brief mild period of weather in the UK, before March ends and April begins with an intense cold patch.

This cold patch will bring snow and ice to higher ground, potentially making conditions hazardous and driving conditions trickier.

A Met Office report for the end of March said the UK was set to experience a “quick change” in weather conditions.

They said the UK was going to experience “cyclonic conditions” which are expected to dominate.

Their report for the end of the month states: “Initial cloud and rain clearing northeastwards on Tuesday, likely followed by sunny spells interspersed with showers, these perhaps heavy at times, especially in the north. Further cloud and rain may then spread from the west later. Locally strong winds are possible, with a low risk of coastal gales.

“The rest of the period will likely be characterised by continued unsettled weather, with cyclonic conditions expected to dominate initially, bringing rain and showers, these heavy at times.”

They added: “The west seeing the most precipitation and the east staying comparatively drier. Windy at times, with a continued risk of coastal gales.

“Wintry showers may return at times in the north later, however precipitation totals generally less here than in the south. Temperatures generally normal to mild, however, brief widely cold spells are probable.”

The forecasted cooler temperatures come after a February the Met Office described as “milder and drier average”.

They said: “It was unsettled initially, and again for a time from mid-month, but the month was remarkable for its dryness, this being provisionally the UK’s driest February since 1993.”