Snow is set to fall in the UK over the next few weeks, weather forecasters have predicted.

Brutal Arctic blasts will bombard the country from the start of December, with as much as 25cm forecast in some parts.

But the Met Office has said the snow will mostly be restricted to higher ground areas.

In the meantime, heavy rain is expected over the next few days as the weather turns more unsettled.

Forecast site theweatheroutlook said: "Thursday starts with outbreaks of rain in the south west."

Snow is set to return from the start of December
Snow is set to return from the start of December

It went on: "Tonight wet weather affects much of England and Wales at times."

Rain is expected to spread northeastwards tomorrow, the site added.

"During Saturday heavy rain pushes northwards with drier conditions following into southern and central counties."

The UK is headed for a washout later this week
The UK is headed for a washout later this week

In the long run, the Met Office is predicting Arctic spells to bring freezing weather and snowstorms to parts of the country from the end of next week.

A spokesman for the agency said the end of this week will see a spell of relatively mild weather swept away by a chilly spell.

Rain will move northeastwards from the south west from Thursday night
Rain will move northeastwards from the south west from Thursday night
The rest of the week will see widespread rainfall
The rest of the week will see widespread rainfall

"There will be sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers on Monday with rain in the far north," he said.

"Remaining unsettled through the rest of next week as weather systems move east or northeast across the UK, bringing bands of rain, interspersed by brighter, showery interludes.

"The bulk of the rain, possibly heavy at times, seems likely across western and southern areas and it will often be windy, with gales in places."

Most of the snow is likely to fall on higher ground
Most of the snow is likely to fall on higher ground

He said snow is likely "on northern hills at times" as the start of September draws closer.

But, he added: "It should be generally milder than of late, though still feeling cold at times in bouts of strong winds or rain.

"Confidence becomes relatively low by early December but there is a chance of it turning colder again with frost and fog in the north and unsettled weather persisting further south."