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The Met Office has predicted a cold spell at the turn of the month that could bring “wintry hazards” as north-easterly winds from the Arctic sweep over the UK. The latest snow probability charts for Tuesday, March 2, show the whole of Britain engulfed by different shades of blue, which suggests there is a 10 to 50 percent likelihood of snow arriving across almost all of the UK. Temperatures are also likely to plunge to sub-zero lows on the same day as central Scotland could see -2C.

Further south in England, northern regions including Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds could average 0C and London and Surrey in the south could see figures of around 1C.

The long-range forecast from Netweather says northern and eastern parts of England could see snow on higher ground as easterly winds hit, although the snow will not be as ferocious as the Beast from the East conditions from earlier this year.

The forecast for the start of March said: “Some sunshine but overnight frost. Then turning increasingly unsettled, breezy and feeling cold in the wind.

“Some rain or showers before probably turning much colder from the North with snow possible especially over hills in the North and East.

“Monday 8 to Sunday, March 14, will perhaps be wintry at first but probably becoming mainly dry although with night frosts that could be quite sharp.

“Sunny spells may give some pleasant even spring-like afternoons but although somewhat uncertain at this distance, there are hints of a raw North East wind developing by mid-March.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast between Monday, March 1 and Sunday, March 14 warned of cold air sweeping across the UK from Iceland.

The forecast said: “The first half of March is likely to still be heavily influenced by the presence of a large area of high pressure in northwest Europe which we expect to gradually head west into the Atlantic.

“As the high shifts west of Ireland in early-March, northerly winds will be able to bring some colder Icelandic air into the UK.

“This will be colder than normal, but not nearly as cold as the middle of February was!

“This is because the air in Iceland isn’t as cold as the frigid air sitting in Russia.”

The BBC forecast added the freezing lows could ease as March progresses.

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It said: “As we head into mid-March, high pressure will likely begin to ease and head even further west, too far away to influence our weather.

“As it moves away, a trough of low pressure will develop over western Europe, keeping things unsettled and quite changeable.

“Temperatures and precipitation will likely be quite variable throughout the week as Atlantic weather fronts frequent the country.

“Warm fronts should be able to tap into sub-tropical Atlantic air from near the Azores, leading to some mild, spring-like days.

“Meanwhile, cold fronts will drag air in from Iceland, leading to crisp but sunny days too.”

The Met Office also expected snow and ice to cause “wintry hazards” over the coming weeks.

The long-range forecast said: “By the end of February and into early March most of the UK will probably turn dry as high pressure becomes dominant, although overnight fog will start to become more likely.

“Temperatures are likely to be mild or very mild across the UK through this period, possibly only becoming colder at the turn of the month.

“In early March there is a signal for higher than average pressure to sit close to or over the UK, with dry and settled conditions most likely.

“Temperatures are predicted to be a little below average at the start of the period, slightly increasing the chances of cold spells occurring.

“During this time there looks to be an increased likelihood of overnight frosts and a risk of wintry hazards, such as snow and ice.

“Towards mid-March there are signs of a change to more unsettled and milder conditions.”

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