LET IT SNOW UK weather: Met Office warns of snow to fall in just hours as temperatures plunge to icy 0C… & heavy rain is on the way

SNOW is set to fall in just hours as temperatures are predicted to plummet to a bone-chilling 0C.

The Met Office has warned Brits the white stuff could settle across northern parts of the UK this week.

Snow is expected to hit tomorrow morning
Snow is expected to hit tomorrow morningCredit: Euan Cherry
Temperatures are set to plummet to 0c in parts of the UK tomorrow morning
Temperatures are set to plummet to 0c in parts of the UK tomorrow morningCredit: MET Office
A heavy band of rain is expected to move across the UK on Thursday
A heavy band of rain is expected to move across the UK on ThursdayCredit: Story Picture Agency

Figures in northern Scotland are set to drop to 0C by Wednesday and this trend is expected to work its way down to the south coast later this month.

Met Office meteorologists explained: "Cloud and rain will spread across northern Scotland with some hill snow.

"Elsewhere, largely cloudy and mild with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

"Some brighter spells in eastern England."

A band of heavy rain will hit most of the UK on Wednesday however temperatures in the south of England will remain milder with highs of 12C on the south west coast.

Downpours are expected to continue into Thursday morning, with clearer skies by the afternoon.

The south east coast and north eastern regions will also experience some sunny spells.

On Friday, a mixture of rain and sunshine is predicted for most Brits with showers in England and Wales.

By Saturday, conditions are forecast to clear up in the east, with more rain in the west.

Meteorologists also predict an Arctic freeze set to cover the UK later this month with snow reaching the south of England by February 21.

It comes after Brits were hit by an Artic blast that brought yellow snow warnings for northern Scotland earlier this month.

The mercury plunged to -13.8C at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands and there were school closures were reported in Wales, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cumbria.

A whopping eight inches of snow was predicted to fall on higher ground in the warning zone.

Power cuts and travel delays were seen amid the icy conditions.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency also issued 84 flood warnings and 302 flood alerts across England.

What is the cold weather payment and who is eligible?

The cold weather payment is worth a minimum £25 and sometimes more.

  • The cold weather payment is issued to households in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on low incomes and benefits to cover the cost of extra heating over the colder winter months.
  • Payments are dished out between November 1 and March 31.
  • You can check if your area has had a cold weather payment by popping your postcode into the government's tool on its website.
  • Cold weather payments are no longer being made in Scotland as the scheme has been replaced.
  • Instead, you might get an annual £50 Winter Heating Payment. You can find out more about the scheme on the Scottish Government's website.

Who is eligible for a cold weather payment?

  • You’re eligible for a cold weather payment if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits and meet certain criteria:
  • Pension credit
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for mortgage interes

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