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UK weather SNOW forecast: Met Office warns of SNOW and Arctic gales THIS WEEKEND

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UK forecasters are warning that parts of the UK are in for a shock as temperatures plunge to single figures.

The Met Office three-day forecast points to dry conditions mostly but areas will be hit by an Arctic blast particularly in the North and Scotland.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “It is going to turn colder towards the weekend with a northerly flow of Arctic air bringing temperatures down compared to earlier in the week.

Friday will feel colder and we could see some patchy frosts first thing, daytime temperatures will reach the mid-teens at best and it will feel colder in the north.

“Overnight into Saturday we could see more widespread frosts with temperatures widely dropping, anywhere in the country could see a frost.

“It will stay cooler into Sunday and after some morning fog there is the likelihood of sunny spells with daytime temperatures around the mid-teens again.”

Coastal regions will turn windy with winds likely to reach gale-force across northern parts of the country, she warned.

She added: “There will be blustery showers around on Saturday and along northern coasts there will be the risk of gales.

“Across the southern half of the country there is more of a chance of seeing some sunshine, the risk of frosts will continue into the start of next week.

“There may be some sleet or wet snow over high ground in the north on Sunday night.”

Bookies have been quick to latch onto the freezing outlooks slashing the odds on snowfall this weekend.

Ladbrokes is offering 8-1 on a flurry anywhere in the country while Coral has set 1-2 on wintry showers next month.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Hats and gloves can stay packed away for a few weeks south of the border, but the same can’t be said up in Scotland, where we’re not yet ruling out a flake or two this weekend.”

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead added: “Temperatures are set to tumble and everything looks to be leading up to a big freeze this winter.

“It seems almost certain that at some point in October the colder temperatures will arrive and they look set to bring snow with them.”