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Weather snow forecast UK: Britain gripped by freezing -9C Arctic blast as 15cm blizzard expected to hit THIS WEEKEND

EXTREME weather is set to hit the UK, with freezing temperatures and flurries of snow expected - as Met Office warnings for dangerous ice remain in place this morning.

Temperatures of -10C are on the way - and the Met Office has predicted snow in the UK almost every day for the next two weeks, including today.

Forecasters say we may even see a rare white Christmas as an Arctic blast holds the UK in its grip.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has placed parts of the UK under a yellow weather warning for ice until 10am this morning.

The warnings cover around a third of the UK - with the biggest area encompassing the east of Scotland AND England, stretching from Edinburgh all the way down to NORWICH.

Read our UK weather live blog for the latest news and updates....

  • Met Office says Friday morning will start 'mild' for southern areas

    Friday morning will start off mild for some, the Met Office has said.

    The weather agency wrote: "A mild start to #FridayMorning for southern areas of the UK, but also a cloudy and wet one as #rain clears south east

    "Chillier further north with some brighter intervals in amongst the blustery showers."

  • Long range forecast for December 7 - December 16

    Tuesday is likely to be a rather cold, unsettled and windy day with showers and longer periods of rain, these heavy at times with possible snow over high ground.

    For the rest of this period, unsettled conditions are likely to continue with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers.

    More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times with snow over high ground and potentially reaching lower levels at times. Initially these are likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times.

    Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Generally windy with a risk of coastal gales. Overnight frost and icy patches are likely throughout.

  • UK energy body says 82,000 calls a day have been handled from Arwen

    These figures account for calls received to the free 105 telephone line since Friday.

    The line generally receives around 50-65% of calls with the remainder of customer calls made directly to their network operator.

    Calling 105 in Great Britain is free and connects customers to their local network operator directly. Supporting customers The networks have deployed additional support to bolster teams, prioritise customers without power and reduce call waiting times. Network operators from other parts of the country and other utility companies are also supporting with customer service call answering.

    Whilst energy networks have reconnected 97% of homes affected by power outages, damage from Storm Arwen continues to disrupt power to around 27,000 customers this evening.The vast majority of homes will be reconnected by the end of the week.

  • Nearly 8,000 homes have had power restored since Wednesday - No.10

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman said a further 7,949 homes had had power restored since Wednesday - meaning 98% of the 950,000 homes originally affected now have electricity.

    Rain, sleet and snow fell in south-western parts of the UK on Thursday, while wintry showers have affected the north and east.

    The Met Office said the showers would be confined to Norfolk later on Thursday, with gales easing along the North Sea coast.

  • B&B owner loses livelihood after Storm Arwen power cuts cost him £1,5000

    A bed and breakfast owner from Bell Busk in the Yorkshire Dales has described how Storm Arwen has "taken his livelihood away" after losing £1,500 in revenue due to the power cuts this week.

    The 100mph winds hit the UK last Friday. Nearly a week on, 19,500 homes are still without power as a result of the extensive damage caused.

    Rob Marchant told the PA news agency he had to cancel all scheduled guests after he lost electricity at The Old Station Bed and Breakfast on Friday evening.

    "I've had to cancel all the business, it's cost us £1,500 in revenue," Mr Marchant said.

    "I've been frustrated (and ) I'm made all the poorer because it's taken a week and a half, and my livelihood away.

    "You wouldn't want to go to a bed and breakfast that has no heat, no light, no hot water, no food."

    Mr Marchant's power was finally switched back on at around 1pm on Thursday.

  • Met Office Outlook for Saturday to Monday

    Sunny spells and blustery showers with hill snow this weekend, showers becoming confined to eastern areas on Sunday.

    Rain and perhaps some snow spreading east on Monday with showers following.

  • Met Office: Increasingly wet in western areas this evening

    The Met Office tweeted: "It'll be turning increasingly #wet for western areas this evening as #rain moves in

    "This could fall as #sleet and #snow to begin with, mainly for areas of Scotland

    "Feeling cold in the east but temperatures holding up a bit more under the cloud in the west."

  • Clever towel hack to stop your car windscreen freezing overnight

    If you’re bored of spending an age de-icing the windscreen, one woman’s free tip will save you time each day – and all you need is an old towel. 

    She shared her nifty hack to TikTok, revealing she puts a towel over her windscreen overnight – which leaves her car frost-free in the morning. 

    It absorbs water and freezes instead of the windscreen, as she showed off her rock hard watermelon-themed towel, which she said was ‘like a crisp’. 

    She said: “When you put a towel on your windscreen to stop it freezing overnight.

    “It’s frozen itself.”

    So you can say goodbye to scraping ice in your gloves or boiling the kettle for warm water in winter.

  • Do you leave the heating on for your pets?

    Millions of Britain’s animal lovers who admit they keep their home heating on when they go out to ensure their fury friends stay warm, according to a new report yesterday.

    For the latest research by Toolstation shows that more than four in ten- 43per cent – of the UK population leaves the central heating on for their pets when they leave home.

    Half of those people worry that their pet will feel cold when they are not around, says the study which found that devoted owners are putting a lot of energy into keeping their four-legged friends happy when they are out of the house.

    The report says that for many Brits pets are a part of the family and it gives homeowners peace of mind to know their pets are not chilly when they are left at home.

  • Army sent in as 30,000 homes still without power

    Extreme efforts are being made to get power back for thousands as the Army has now been drafted in.

    Some 30,000 homes across the UK have spent almost a week without power due to the raging storm, with MORE snow still set to fall.

    Around 19,500 homes are still without power due to the damage caused by Storm Arwen, according to Downing Street.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman said a further 7,949 homes had had power restored since Wednesday - meaning 98% of the 950,000 homes originally affected now had electricity.

    He said: "We are in hourly contact with network operators to reconnect power.

    "We are working urgently to ensure welfare and shelter is provided to those households that need it.

    "We still expect the majority of homes to have their power restored by the end of the week."

  • Do you leave the heating on for your pets?

    Millions of Britain’s animal lovers who admit they keep their home heating on when they go out to ensure their fury friends stay warm, according to a new report yesterday.

    For the latest research by Toolstation shows that more than four in ten- 43per cent – of the UK population leaves the central heating on for their pets when they leave home.

    Half of those people worry that their pet will feel cold when they are not around, says the study which found that devoted owners are putting a lot of energy into keeping their four-legged friends happy when they are out of the house.

    The report says that for many Brits pets are a part of the family and it gives homeowners peace of mind to know their pets are not chilly when they are left at home.

  • Will we have a White Christmas in the UK?

    November – Colder conditions are expected in the period, with a risk of wintry showers, mainly in the north. Temperatures are likely to be close to or just below average.

    Under high pressure, frost and fog are likely overnight, with any fog slow to clear during the morning, according to the Met Office long-range forecast.

    December – Forecasters predict December will see fog and frost early in the mornings.

    The north will see more changeable weather.

    January – January is typically the coldest month of the year in the UK. Most parts of the UK will see rain while London and parts of the south might see snow, according to forecasters.

    Temperatures are expected to reach between 2C and 7C.

  • What do you do if you hit black ice?

  • Long range weather forecast for the 6th to the 15th December

    The Met Office have said that it will be a cold and frosty December.

    They said "A cold start to Monday with overnight frost and ice possible.

    "Cloud increasing from the west through the day with outbreaks of rain, possibly wintry down to low levels at times in the north and east of the UK.

    "Likely turning windier during the day with strong winds most likely in the west.

    "For the rest of the period, unsettled weather dominates with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers.

    "More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times. Initially these more likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times.

    " Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout."

  • How to demist your windscreen

    Start the heater off cold and then slowly increase the temperature, this will stop the car becoming full of hot “wet” air.

    Make use of the air-con if you have the feature as this will prevent condensation.

    Similarly with a clever climate control system, these features will automatically adjust to achieve the best results.

    If you do not have air-con or climate control leave your windows slightly open to clear the windscreen faster.

    Never drive away until your windscreen is clear.

  • December looking to be a cold month

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

    “From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for number of weeks.

    “Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”

  • It will feel cold when stepping out today

    There will be sunny skies for many this afternoon as showers ease off in the east.

    Northern Ireland and the NW Scotland will be hit with cloudier skies and rain will lurk not far away.

  • Temperatures will hover around freezing

    WXCharts weather maps show up to five inches will fall in the Scottish Highlands, but snow could even fall as far south as Southampton.

    Overnight temperatures will hover around freezing further north, rising to highs of just 4C throughout the day.

    It will be exceptionally crisp in central Scotland and the Midlands near Buxton and Hartington, Derbyshire, where it may not climb above zero all day.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas

    BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

    It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

    Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

    The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

    London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

  • Tops tips from the AA on driving safe in Storm Arwen aftermath

  • Waze app notifies users of most recent road hazards

    Ruairidh Roberts, UK Country Manager at Waze, commented: “As parts of the UK have faced the effects of the arctic plunge and Storm Arwen, we urge motorists making essential journeys to be extra diligent.” 

    “At Waze, we are expecting delays around the country as the turbulent weather causes chaos on British roads. As a result, we’ve sent out push notifications to our app users, encouraging them to report hazards caused by the bad weather.

    “To report weather-related issues in Waze, users should tap the report button > hazard > weather, and select the option relevant to the event. Drivers can also use voice commands by saying “Ok Waze” and following the options to report weather disruption.”

  • Don’t pack away your mittens too quickly – the snow will be back in coming days

    Snow is forecast across parts of England and Scotland over the next four days as temperatures dip below freezing.

    Snowfall and ice is expected in the north of Scotland on Wednesday evening and the Northwest will see snow showers later on Thursday.

    But the snow flurries are not expected to last and milder air will bring slightly warmer temperatures for the weekend.

    Weather forecasters at WXCharts are predicting fresh snowfall to hit the Highlands on Wednesday and the north east of Scotland to be affected on Friday.

    A light covering of new snow will fall on Glencoe mountain resort and Ben Nevis ahead of the weekend. Temperatures will also dip below freezing on Thursday morning near Perth in Scotland.

  • December looking to be a cold month

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

    “From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for number of weeks.

    “Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas

    BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

    It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

    Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

    The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

    London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

  • Tops tips from the AA on driving safe in Storm Arwen aftermath