There's a real nip in the air today with much colder Arctic air having now established itself across much of the UK. It is set to remain cold well into next week with further wintry showers at times, and if anything it looks set to turn colder from the second half of the weekend onwards as winds veer more northerly in direction and draw down some even colder air.
This morning will start off bright and breezy in many areas but there are a good scattering of sleet and snow showers around as well, the heaviest and most frequent of the showers towards northern and western coastal regions where hail and thunder are being thrown in for good measure. This basically sums up the forecast for today with many places seeing a mixture of sunny spells and wintry showers, but some places towards the south and east will remain mostly dry all day whilst other locations in the north and west will see frequent showers bringing some further accumulations of snow. Later on today slightly less cold air coming in from the northwest will turn the showers back to rain at lower levels although northern hills will continue to see snow. Temperatures for today will be colder than normal for all parts with maximums of 2°C to 5°C but feeling colder still in the blustery winds.
The showers, falling as rain, sleet or snow, will tend to die back to northern and western coasts tonight with clear spells elsewhere allowing for some frost and icy surfaces to form as temperatures fall down to or just below freezing. Looking ahead to tomorrow and it will be another cold and windy day with a mixture of sunny spells and wintry showers in many areas, the showers tending to turn increasingly to rain at low levels as we draw in some slightly less cold air.
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