Snow on the way as early winter freeze grips UK with sub-zero temperatures

Heavy snow could hit parts of the UK within days as an Arctic blast brings freezing temperatures amid fears of another long, brutal winter.

It’s time to layer up as temperatures will plunge below zero next week and the nosedive looks set to bring October to a chilly end.

Forecasters say November will likely be colder than usual and snow or snow showers aren’t out of the question in many places.

Britons woke up to frost and fog in many places on Thursday as temperatures dropped to -4C, with the morning mist particularly heavy in parts of East Anglia.

Katesbridge in Co Down, Northern Ireland, was one of the coldest spots at -4C.

It was one of the coldest temperatures of the season so far, and it’s a sign of things to come next week and next month.

High pressure is set to bring in colder air from the north, making snow a possibility over especially in the north east.

It follows a spell of extremely mild weather with highs of 22C on Tuesday.

Temperatures will continue to dip as the calendar turns to November.

Forecasters say snow will most likely fall in the north as winter draws nearer.

For Thursday, patchy fog will clear in the morning and give way to a fine day with sunny spells, the Met Office says.

Thursday night will be dry in most places but there will be a risk of frost and fog into Friday morning.

Wet and windy weather will hit some northern and western areas in the early hours of Friday.

There will be rain at times in Scotland and Northern Ireland and over the hills in northern England and Wales during the day.

This is likely to continue into the weekend, when it will be wet and windy at times in the north, and drier and brighter in the south.

Met Office forecast for the next five days

Thursday: Patchy fog will linger in some spots through the morning, but generally it will become a fine day with sunny spells.

There will be some patchy cloud around, mainly across parts of central and southern England.

Thursday night: Staying dry for most with clear spells, and a risk of frost and fog.

Wet and windy weather will arrive in some northern and western areas during the early hours.

Friday: Rain at times in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and perhaps on hills in northern England and Wales.

Otherwise a bright day with sunny spells, after any early mist has cleared.

Saturday to Monday: Wet and windy in the north at times, with only a few brighter spells.

Drier and brighter in the south with variable cloud, and feeling warm at times.

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