BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood predicts cold and cloudy conditions
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Temperatures are set to drop from Thursday night, as a cold front sweeps across the country. The chilly conditions could cause the mercury to plummet to -4C in several parts of Britain and increases the risk of snow in northern parts. New weather maps show the mercury will start to drop from tonight, with lows of -5C forecast in Scotland at midnight.
By 9am on Friday morning the west of the UK looks set to bear the brunt of the freezing conditions.
A chart by Netweather shows lows of -4C stretch from parts of Wales to northern Scotland.
The west country can also expect temperatures to plunge to -2C.
By 12pm on Friday, WXCharts snow probability maps show there is a moderate risk of snow to the east of the UK.
The chart, which shows a mass of orange and red to the east of the UK, predicts up to a 90 percent risk of snowfall in the north east.
Further south the snow risk falls, with a probability of between 10-60 percent.
By Saturday morning the temperature chart turns an icy white, as the mercury remains below freezing across the vast majority of the country.
Temperatures will plunge to -4C in parts of Scotland and Wales at 6am, while the rest of the country will see the mercury range between 0 and -3C.
London looks set to dodge the freezing temperatures, with 2C forecast.
The chilly temperatures look set to remain throughout Saturday, only warming slightly on Sunday.
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A second weather chart shows minus temperatures are forecast across most of the UK at 6am on Sunday.
The mercury will start to rise again from Monday morning, with temperatures rising to 7C in parts of England.
By midweek temperatures look set to rise to the low teens across the south of England before plunging again in the early hours of Friday, March 12.
At 9am on Friday -3C is forecast in Scotland, while the mercury will range between -1C and 5C across the rest of the UK.
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BBC forecasters said snow is likely this weekend in parts of Scotland.
They said: “From Friday and through the weekend, the weather pattern will shift slightly with high-pressure building into Ireland.
“This will bring a brisk northerly wind and a weak cold front into the country from the northeast.
“The weak front will mostly bring rain, but some snow flurries are possible on hills in Scotland.
“Temperatures over the weekend will fall well below average for a few days.”
The Met Office said Friday will see a cold and frost start, with “sharp frost overnight” forecast over the weekend too.
The forecasters said snow could be on the way for northern parts next week.
They said: “Conditions possibly staying fine with dry and sunny intervals across some central and eastern areas on Monday, but soon a trend towards more unsettled conditions widely across the UK is likely through the beginning of next week.
“Spells of rain and showers will spread in from the west, with some snow possible on northern high ground.”
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