Heavy rain and storms, followed by snow and frosts have been forecast by Jim Dale of British Weather Services.
All parts of the UK will be affected but Wales, the south west and the Midlands will bear the brunt of the rain and strong winds, in excess of 70/80 mph, which will be coming in from the Atlantic over the next few days. Thursday is expected to be the worst affected day.
Cold, polar weather will then be moving in on Sunday, infiltrating the country as the week goes on. Expect snow in Scotland, coastal areas and down to East Anglia. Severe frosts of minus 3 to 5 centigrade will be experienced across the country by the middle of next week, with as low as minus 10 to 12 centigrade in parts of Scotland.
This wintry spell will be with us for two to three weeks.
"It's not an unusual weather cycle," explained Jim. " Severe storm moving into sedate cold. There is an intense low pressure coming in from the Atlantic, with the potential for damage to structures and trees caused by the strong winds. From Sunday onwards, the polar air will move down across the country and into Europe, again bringing potential for damage and disruption caused by the snow and frosts."
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