Experts predict showers to turn to snow over higher ground in northern areas for the rest of January from early next week. Some of the UK could even see up to 37cm of snow, with the Scottish Highlands affected the worst. Forecasters believe heavy snow could start falling as early as next week, soon spreading over the following fortnight.
The winter blast will start as unsettled weather with gusts and showers before developing into snow.
The Met Office said: “It looks likely to stay unsettled across the North West with spells of locally heavy rain and strengthening winds interspersed with scattered showers.
“These showers could turn to snow over higher ground in the north. Across the South East it should be more settled with light winds and longer drier, brighter periods with some sunshine possible at times.”
Most of northern Scotland is set to see snow by January 9, and by January 15 it is expected to reach as far south as Birmingham.
Forecasters predict there will be around 14.5 inches (37cm) of snow in the Scottish Highlands.
A spokesman said: “From this day we could see snow falling in the higher areas of Scotland.”
He added: “You would expect some snow in the mountains of Scotland because of their elevation and northern latitude.”
The fall is “unlikely to cause any disruption for most people”.
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The Met Office said they expect the blast of winter weather from cold air originating from the north.
Experts also warned of the “potential for some colder spells” towards the end of the month.
Sunday should be dry for most parts of the UK, with the south east enjoying sunnier conditions.
Met Office’s Alex Deakin said: “We’ll see some sunshine. Yes there will be showers coming into mostly western Scotland, again maybe some snow on the hills.”
He added: “Certainly a significant chill in that wind across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England.”
Temperatures could peak at 9C (48F), while the mercury could rise to 10C (50F) in the south west and Wales.
Last December was the hottest on record, with temperatures reaching 18.7C (65.66F).
However in January and February, snow is perfectly common for the UK, and especially for Scotland.
According to the Met Office, the UK gets on average 23.7 days of snowfall each year, most falling on higher ground where temperatures are lower.