Brits are set to endure weeks of traffic chaos, which experts say is set to be both “potent” and “memorable”
Brits are being warned to brave themselves for some of the harshest, snowiest winter weather in YEARS.
Some experts say this winter is threatening to buck the trend of previous mild years with the mercury about to plunge.
They predict the cold will set in at the start of next month before thermometers plummet through December and January.
Forecasters say the conditions this winter are set to be “potent” and “memorable” – with snow likely as soon as November.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, warned of several “notable” wintry blasts through winter.
He said: “From the late part of this weekend and into next week things will turn much colder from the north and spreading to many other parts of the country.
“This will then pave the way for a quite cold and much more traditional November period to end the meteorological autumn.
“This will also bring an increase in the snow risk levels across the country in among some periods of unsettled weather in November, and parts of the north will see some significant snow across higher ground.
“The Arctic Oscillation (AO) will start to trend more towards negative territory from this point forward and this will also begin to build the right conditions for a colder than average winter this year.
“There will be phases of strongly negative plunges particularly from December to January.
“This will result in some very potent or potentially memorable periods of cold and snow within this period for many parts of the country.”
The Met Office said things will turn cooler next week with temperatures expected to fall below average for the time of year.
Spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “Into next week it is looking like turning chilly again after a mild spell this week and into the weekend.
“From Tuesday we are looking at temperatures slightly below average for the time of year and given the contrast, people will notice the change.
“However, over the next few days and into the weekend it is looking slightly milder than average.”
It is feared the change in conditions could close airports in scenes reminiscent of the winter of 2010 and 2011.
The Local Government Association said it is closely monitoring weather reports.
Environment spokesman Martin Tett told the Express: “Councils are fully prepared to protect residents and minimise disruption with temperatures set to drop.
“They are constantly monitoring up-to-the-minute weather reports to make sure they can stay one step ahead of the weather.
“We are well prepared for the cold with salt stockpiled and a fleet of state-of-the-art gritters ready to be deployed.”
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