Weather: Map shows how much of UK could be hit by snow next week
The Met Office has warned parts of the UK could see even more snow as the cold snap lasts well into next week.
Dubbed the ‘Troll of Trondheim’, the blast of Arctic air could bring two inches of the white stuff in low-lying areas as temperatures dip as low as -10°C.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said there is the potential for ‘significant’ snow in central parts of England and Wales in a predicted model for next week.
But if the low pressure drifts up from the south west and further north, it has the potential to bring milder and more pleasant conditions to areas of the south.
In another long-range forecast, he said if the low pressure system heads towards France then it would leave the UK with cold north and north-easterly winds for a longer time, confining snowfall to the south.
Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, Jason Kelly, also warned of wintry showers and freezing fog patches.
He said: ‘An area of low pressure may then threaten southern and southwestern parts of the UK through mid-week.
‘Confidence in the exact track of this system is low, but should it push precipitation into the UK, then this would readily turn to snow, with a lower chance of freezing rain.
‘How far north the milder air gets is also open to a lot of uncertainty, but for now, many central and northern areas are likely to remain in the Arctic airmass.’
This comes as London issued its first emergency protocol to provide emergency accommodation for the homeless.
Speaking about what this means for London’s homeless, mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘Across the capital, we are doing everything we can to prevent anyone sleeping rough in these freezing conditions as we work to build a fairer and safer London for everyone.
‘I am also encouraging Londoners to download the Streetlink app or use the Streetlink website to connect people they see sleeping rough with local support services.
‘London’s councils and charities will be working even harder this week to support some of the most vulnerable people in our city.’
There are also yellow weather warnings in place across the UK, includring the east of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland into Friday.
Public Health chiefs have also told people to prioritise heating their living rooms during the day to at least 18°C.
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