UK snow forecast: Exact date snow will fall – Met Office gives verdict

After the coldest April night in 70 years over the weekend thanks to an Arctic blast, Britons can expect wind and rain before snow across most of the country

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The Met Office has predicted when snow will fall in the UK

Snow is expected to hit parts of Britain later this week as unsettled spring weather continues.

After the coldest April night in 70 years over the weekend thanks to an Arctic blast, Britons can expect wind and rain across most of the country until Wednesday.

Today brings a brief respite from the cold as temperatures hit 13C in parts of England as the Arctic air system moves away.

The Met Office said: “A band of cloud and rain moves further south on Monday morning and remains fairly overcast in its wake with rain and drizzle concentrated on high ground to the west. Breezy with gusty winds in places. Generally milder than in recent days.”

More snow is forecast in parts of the UK this week


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However, the milder weather will be short-lived and temperatures are set to drop to -2C in parts of Scotland on Friday and the Met Office has given its verdict on when snow is likely to fall.

Snow will fall across Scotland on Wednesday before moving south, according to the Met Office’s five-day forecast.

Snow showers are expected in the north on Thursday and Friday.

This month’s frigid weather comes after Britain enjoyed its sunniest March since 1929.

Northern Ireland basked in 90% more sunshine than the average for the month, with 192.5 hours of sunshine.

Scotland saw 64% more sun than usual with a total of 160.1 hours, while England had its sunniest March at 168.1 hours and Wales its fifth brightest March at 157.9 hours.

Looking ahead to Easter and the outlook for Friday April 8 through Sunday April 17, the Met Office said: “End of the week and into the weekend is likely to be cold in the north with wintry showers. Further south, weather systems coming from the southwest bring longer periods of rain and strong winds.

“There is an intermittent risk of snow along the northern edge of the rainbands, mainly in central areas. Extensive frosts are expected in the north, with some ice patches likely. In southern areas, temperatures will be closer to average, locally rather warm.

“The following week is likely to remain choppy but the focus is on the heaviest rain and strongest winds heading north and west across Britain, allowing for some drier interludes in the south east.”

Five day weather forecast for Great Britain


Mostly cloudy, with rain, drizzle and fog over the western hills. Otherwise often dry, with some lighter interludes in the east and south. Windy but noticeably milder than the last few days, although it’s getting colder again over northern Scotland.

This evening:

Rain in the West and North West, particularly Northern Ireland and Scotland. Some snow over the Highlands. Still windy for many and mild for most, colder over northern Scotland.


Rain will continue in northern parts with snow across the Highlands and possibly into some lower parts of northern Scotland Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday. Otherwise mostly dry and mild.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Rain and snow are moving south across Scotland on Wednesday, with showers casting bright spells elsewhere. Cold on Thursday and Friday with snow showers in the north, maybe some rain in the south. Windy.

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