SNOW is set to hit the UK in barely a WEEK as a jet stream sends temperatures plummeting.
A wxcharts forecast map shows wintery spells throughout the coming week, including snow in Scotland and the North West on November 18 and 19.
4A strong jet stream will create unsettled conditionsCredit: Andrew Barr4Forecasts see snow hitting the UK on Saturday November 19 with the white stuff shown with purpleCredit: wxchartAccording to the chart, parts of the country could see up to 2cm of snow per hour on Saturday November 19.
At the same time, much of the rest of the UK is braced for heavy rain sweeping across from the West.
Meanwhile, according to The Met Office, a strong jet stream will cause unsettled conditions for much of next week after a brief dry period this weekend.
The end of this week is predicted to be drier and milder than the past few days.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin, giving his ten-day forecast from November 9, said that high pressure will keep temperatures warmer than might be expected at this time of year and restrict rain to the North West.
He said: “For many, the second half of the week looks a lot drier than the first half of the week.
“The winds coming up from the South West [are] bringing mild air as well as some strong gusts, especially over parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
The mild theme is set to continue into the weekend, with that area of high pressure keeping the weather calm for most of the country.
However, into next week, tropical air will be swept up over parts of the US and Canada by Tropical Storm Nicole.
When this meets the very cold air in the midwestern US, it will lead to an “active jet stream”, which will affect British weather.
Alex continued: “A strong jet stream often leads to an unsettled, usually wet and windy theme with low pressures approaching the UK.
“These low pressures have the potential to become quite volatile bringing some very windy weather to the UK throughout next week so it’s important to keep up to date with the forecast over the coming days.”
Heavy rain is set to sweep across the Atlantic and over the UK from Tuesday November 15 and continue with little respite through to next weekend, according to wxcharts’ forecast.
The heaviest rain is likely to come on Friday November 18, with all but north-eastern Scotland and some parts of the Midlands affected.
4It will also bring wet and windy weather westwards across the AtlanticCredit: LNP4Snow – seen in purple – could begin to fall as early as Friday November 18 according to wxchartsCredit: wxchart
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