Warnings issued! HEAVY Snowfall set to blanket the UK as Storm Caroline opens the floodgates to bitter Arctic air!

An outbreak of freezing winter weather is expected to bring snowfall across many parts of the UK over the coming days with warnings of 20cm+ falling across many areas!

The third named storm of the season ‘Caroline’ will sweep to the East of Scotland throughout Thursday with powerful winds sending Arctic air rushing South.

These strong winds will see the bitter conditions spread south very quickly and introduce heavy snow showers which may merge to provide longer spells in certain areas by Friday.

Much of Scotland, North West England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales and parts of the Midlands are at particular risk.

Initially there is the expectation that there will be varying amounts over relatively small areas as is often the case in showery set ups however on Sunday an area of Low pressure is expected to cross Southern parts of the UK bringing an organised area of snow approximately 150-200miles wide blanketing a large area with as much as 10cms on top of what may have already fallen.

The exact track of the low pressure is still to be nailed down but current model outputs would see Wales particularly hard hit.

This band of snow will finally clear the South East by around midnight with freezing temperatures leading to icy conditions for Monday morning as the mercury falls as low as -10c across the snow fields in Wales and -2 to -5c elsewhere.