The Met Office has warned that the first snowfall of the season could come as early as next Thursday, likely over high ground in Scotland, as the rest of the UK deals with heavy rain
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Snow could fall in parts of Britain next week as an Arctic chill sets in following a blast of stormy weather, say forecasters.
The Met Office has warned that the first snowfall of the season could come as early as next Thursday.
Saturday will be fairly cloudy and dry across most of the UK, though rain will develop over Northern Ireland and west Scotland later will gradually move east.
It will become milder through the day, but at night there is a risk of heavy rain in the north as showers spread south-eastwards into Wales and western England through the night, the Met Office said.
Sunday will be another dry and cloudy day for central and south-east England, with outbreaks of rain elsewhere.
Further bouts of heavy downpours are likely on Monday along with more showers on Tuesday.
Wednesday is expected to be “very unsettled” with heavy showers and strong winds.
Forecasters have warned that several inches of rain could fall and gales of 60mph are possible.
Any snow that falls next week is likely to be confined to higher ground.
The Met Office confirmed snow is “expected on mountain tops across Scotland”.
Sleet could turn into snow by the early hours of Thursday and last until later that night.
A spokeswoman told the Sun: “We see colder air move south across the UK Thursday through to next weekend, due to low pressure at the surface moving away to the northeast of the UK, creating a Northern wind flow.
“Wintry showers [are] possible in the North Isles and Scottish mountains.
“Colder spell [could be] short lived though as milder Atlantic air returns by Monday, October 25.”
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Fog patches in the south-west clearing.
Elsewhere, fairly cloudy and dry for most during the day.
Rain developing over Northern Ireland and west Scotland later will then gradually move east.
Rather cloudy with rain in the north, this locally heavy in places.
It will gradually move south-eastwards into Wales and western England through the night.
Dry but often cloudy across central and southeast England.
Outbreaks of rain/drizzle elsewhere, this moderate to heavy at first in Scotland, with mist and low cloud in the west.
Monday to Wednesday
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy in places, spreading eastwards Monday.
Further rain in the south Tuesday, showers in the north.
Very unsettled Wednesday with heavy showers and strong winds.