UK snow weather map shows exactly where it will snow and when as cold arrives

The United Kingdom is just days away from being blanketed with masses of snow, thanks to the rumoured return of the Beast from the East.

The meteorological agency said Brits should prepare for "heavy showers and snow", with showers beginning on Saturday and continuing through to Tuesday before the weather turns frostier on Wednesday and snowfall can be expected.

And while the bad weather could be felt nationwide, forecasters predict most of the snowfall will be seen in northern and eastern Scotland and potentially parts of Northeast England.

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But it will come slightly earlier than most people had expected – and could even start tonight (December 3).

Forecaster Becky Mitchell told the Daily Star: "As we head into next week it's set to turn colder and we could see some snow mainly across northern parts of the UK.

Mitchell confirmed that winds from the east, like those seen during the 2018 storm, are expected to hit the UK – but the resulting weather conditions will not be nearly as severe.

Here's the definitive list of when and where the snow will fall:

Scotland

Scotland is traditionally the first part of the UK to experience snow, and the highland areas are scheduled to feel the first flurries with around five centimetres of it hitting the area from 6pm tonight.

It will largely have gone by morning, but will return again on Tuesday evening, from around 9pm.

This will hit areas such as Glenshee and Cairngorm, as well as more populated cities such as Edinburgh.

By Wednesday night, pretty much all of Scotland will be caked with around five to 10 centimetres of snow, according to snow-forecast.com, with more flurries hitting the region consistently throughout the rest of the week.

Temperatures will drop to as low as -5c in the highlands, with the rest of the country hitting around 0c to -1c.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland will remain pretty snow free until Thursday morning, when the heavens will open and everything from Londonderry to Belfast will be covered in around five inches of the white stuff.

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However, this will likely have melted by midday, so shouldn't cause too much of a disruption.

A low of -2c is expected.

Wales

Wales will suffer from around 10 centimetres of snow from Thursday afternoon, as the weather front moves across from Wales to its shores.

Bangor, Caernarfon, Bangor and Llandudno will get the brunt of it, and will remain snowed-in for the best part of three days – it will also reach Bala on Friday afternoon, before largely clearing on Saturday morning.

Temperatures are expected to reach as low as -3c across that period.

England

England will remain at around 1c for most of the week, until Thursday afternoon when around 10 to 15 centimetres worth of snow will hit the Midlands and the North West, with Manchester and Liverpool getting most of the brunt of it.

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Lucky Londoners will get no snow at all over the next seven days, although parts of Brighton might experience the odd flurry.

The North West will retain most of the snow for at least two days, although it isn't expected to cause any travel issues as yet.

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