UK weather: Charts show a huge swath of arctic snow heading towards the end of January

Cold wind and rain from the Arctic will combine into a heavy snowfall at the end of the month, a long-range forecaster predicts.

Forecaster WXCharts says up to three centimeters of snow could fall every hour as the weather system crosses the UK.

The system will make landfall in northeast England before sweeping south and blanketing the central and southern UK in snow.

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The snow will reach the Midlands at 6am and move south over Gloucestershire then Somerset by midday.

Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing temperatures over the same period, making deposited snow more likely.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, urged people to remember ‘winter is not over’ as the ‘coldest parts of the year’ are yet to come.

Speaking to the Express, he said: “As we approach the end of the month – the coldest parts on average of the year – what we are seeing is high pressure moving away from the south and west, allowing a stream of air from the northeast to enter.

“It could well start bringing snow events towards the later stages of the month – so the last week of January. I’m talking January 25-28 now.”

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