Weather maps show a vast wall of snow heading towards the UK in the coming days, as freezing winds from the Arctic bring blizzard-like conditions.
Long range forecasts from the Met Office say Scotland and the North East could be hit with “wintry showers” and “overnight frost” with the first major snow flurries of the year.
Maps from WXCharts show chilly blast coming from the north, with areas in purple showing where snow will fall the heaviest.
A statement from the Met Office for Thursday November 23 to Saturday December 2 said there could be a north-south divide in weather conditions for the UK.
It read: “The early part of this period is likely to see a north-south split in weather conditions, with southern parts of the UK drier than of late with some sunny spells, while northern areas, particularly western Scotland, see more in the way of cloud, rain and wind.
“Within this overall pattern, there may well be incursions of colder air at times, especially across north and northeast UK, with wintry showers and overnight frost.
“It’s uncertain just when such cold spells will occur and how extensive they will be, and it may be that this happens more than once with periods of milder, wetter weather in between.
“Towards the second weekend, it’s most likely to become more generally changeable, with a lower chance of more settled conditions persisting across the south.”
It’s thought the snow dump could bring as much as 2cm of the white stuff falling per hour in some parts of the country.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Exacta Weather expert, James Madden said: “The worst hit areas also look likely to be across the northern half of the country for this period and this does also include snow to lower levels in these parts too.
“However, as we get nearer the time, it is now also becoming increasingly likely that we will see some of this snow reaching some much lower levels of the country, and even parts as far south as the Midlands, Central/Southern England will be brought into the mix for snow within this period too.”