UK snow forecast: Map shows 72-hour ice blast hit as hail and thunderstorm system strikes

UK weather: Chart shows snow is set to strike north

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Britain has been smashed with wet and windy conditions over the past 48 hours with gusts reaching 70mph in parts of the UK. Heavy showers are now on course to be accompanied by thunderstorms, with plummeting temperatures also increasing the threat of snow.

Charts produced by Netweather.TV show some areas of the UK are set to be hit by snow showers from Thursday evening.

Snow risk maps reveal parts of Scotland, the north west of England and north Wales are at an increased threat of seeing wintry showers tomorrow evening.

Central and western Scotland have turned bright red on snow risk charts, which indicates the threat level is above 80 percent.

Separate weather maps produced by WXCharts suggest snow depths could reach four inches (12cm) in western Scotland by the early hours of Friday morning.

By Friday evening and into the weekend, the cold-weather system is set to become more widespread with parts of central and southern Wales, and even the Midlands set to see some snow.

Snow risk maps suggest the threat level ranges from 30-50 percent in those regions.

Going into Saturday, the cold-blast is on course to strengthen, as the colours on snow risk maps darken and cover larger areas of the country.

Western areas, including the north west of Scotland, the north west of England and North Wales are on course to be the most affected.

But, the threat of snow could reach as far south as Devon, with the region turning a shade of green on the maps, which indicates a wintry threat of between 25-40 percent.

Temperatures will spiral with the increased threat of snow showers, with lows of -1C in the UK on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning.

The Met Office has a yellow wind warning in place until tomorrow afternoon for the whole of England.

Strong gusts will see evening temperatures plummet and feel closer to -3C or -4C across northern areas of England and Scotland, as wind-chill maps turn ice-blue.

On Thursday, a band of rain will move over the UK with northern and western areas set to see the heaviest downpours.

There will also be “isolated hail and thunderstorms” and “wintry” conditions in the north, according to BBC weather.

The BBC weather outlook says: “Thursday will be less wet with further showers rather than widespread rain, most of them in northern and western areas.

“Some will be wintry over high ground in the north, chiefly in Scotland, and in all areas there will be a risk of isolated hail and thunderstorms.

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“Strong winds will continue into the morning but gradually ease through the afternoon and evening”

Netweather.tv forecaster Nick Finnis said: “Another blustery day on Friday, with sunny spells and showers blowing through most areas on a brisk westerly wind.

“Again, showers most frequent in the west, wintry over upland areas of the north and west.”

The wet, windy and wintry conditions are set to remain into the weekend with an increased risk of hail and thunder in the northwest and snow in the north of England.

BBC weather outlook said: “Friday and Saturday will be similar, with blustery showers, mainly in the north and west, some of them heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, while northern high ground has further wintry showers.

“Southeast England will have fewer showers and more sunshine. Overnight there is a chance of more widespread rain for a while, and on Sunday another band of rain could pass through.”

Mr Finnis added: “Little change through the weekend, low pressure close to the north with tight isobars across the UK, so still a brisk westerly wind driving scattered showers, with sunny spells in between, across all parts.

“Temperatures dipping overnight, so a risk of localised frost in sheltered spots where skies clear overnight.”

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