Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

'Beast from the East' on its way

'Beast from the East' on its way

Weather has warned about the bitter conditions that are set to descend on Britain and added that "snow is possible" for the eastern parts of the UK.

From the weekend, expect severe frosts by night and temperatures to struggle above freezing by day.

That is according to the latest 10-day weather forecast from the UK Met Office which is now officially warning of snow and "unusually" cold weather from early next week.

The cold temperatures will begin to set in over the weekend, getting colder as the week goes on.

We see this scenario every two to three winters but this time the situation is more intense.

Phil Garner, forecaster at Weatherquest, said the weather front had picked up its dramatic moniker as it is made up of cold air from Siberia which has made its way across eastern Europe.

"Mainly dry and bright, but the risk of snow showers in the east by Sunday".

However, they do confirm that Monday and Tuesday will be very cold for the time of year with daytime temperatures in the low single figures inland, and around 5 or 6 degrees on coasts.

The Met Office said the cold spell could last well into next week with even colder air from Russian Federation moving across the United Kingdom and while there's a low risk of snow this week that could all change after the weekend.

He said: "The cold weather will make itself known through the weekend".

"We're convinced snow will fall sooner rather than later and we've slashed our odds in reaction to the forecasts hinting at a nightmare end to the month", said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

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