HEAVY snow is expected to blanket parts of Britain this weekend as another bitter cold snap similar to the “Beast from the East” sends temperatures into free fall.
Freezing air from Siberia and Scandinavia is forecast to engulf the UK by the weekend paving the way for days of sub-zero temperatures and snowfall.
In the meantime, powerful gusts and a deluge of rain are set to lash large swathes of the nation, with up to 10mm bringing a risk of flooding in parts today.
Parts of Britain will be treated to a taste of spring in the coming days as the mercury reaches highs of 14C amid spells of sunshine and showers.
But as the weekend approaches, temperatures are forecast to plummet “significantly” with snow threatening to blight the eastern coasts of the UK.
Latest weather prediction models suggest snow will start to fall over eastern parts of Scotland from around 9am on Friday morning.
By around 6pm on Friday, snowfall will become more widespread, with wintry showers along the north-eastern coasts of England and Scotland.
Snow will remain concentrated in the same areas until 9am on Saturday, when the entire eastern coast of the UK will be in the firing line.
Overnight on Saturday, no region of the UK will be immune to snowfall as temperatures dip below freezing up and down the nation.
On Sunday, dramatic weather charts show the entirety of southern England and Wales will be susceptible to snowfall with heavy accumulations in Hampshire.
The Met Office said high pressure building over the North Sea will push frigid air towards the UK and Europe by the weekend.
Martin Bowles, forecast for the Met Office, said: “We expect high pressure to build over Scandinavia again which will allow an easterly flow to become established from Friday through until Monday.