The UK is likely be hit by the late seasonal appearance of late snow and freezing temperatures this month, according to a new weather forecast.
As we enter the month of March, a cold front is already sweeping the nation, with the Met Office recording sub-zero temperatures of -7.9C in Altnaharra, Scotland on Sunday (February 26).
The full impact of a sudden stratospheric warming event is said to arrive in the coming weeks.
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The occurrence of a sudden stratospheric warming causing a polar vortex has caused bookies to slash the odds on this month being the coldest March on record.
The SSW is the same phenomenon which brought an Arctic frost to the UK in the form of the “Beast from the East” back in 2018.
The UK experienced a relatively mild-weathered February, but March will be a different animal all together, with temperatures expected to dip to lower than the seasonal average of 2-9C, alongside the return of snow.
While snow is expected to reach southern regions like Milton Keynes, the Pennines is set to be the worst hit region in England, with up to 13cm.
Major UK cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds are also expected experience snowfall across the second weekend in March.
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Parts of Wales are expected to witness up to 11cm of snow.
The Met Office's Wednesday (March 1) forecast read: "Rather cloudy again for many with scattered showers, these mainly in eastern and central areas.
"The best of any sunshine across northwestern Scotland and perhaps the south and southeast."
Its forecast from Thursday (March 2) to Saturday (March 4) reads: "Mostly dry with fairly light winds, some sunny spells and overnight frost. A few light showers in places, these wintry on hills and in the Northern Isles on Saturday."
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