The arrival of March has brought with it weather warnings and the threat of snow and ice as forecasters warn a very cold spell is heading for the UK.

The Met Office says a “major change in the weather is underway for the UK” as cold air sweeps in from the north bringing snow, ice and plummeting temperatures.

Northern Scotland and part of the North of England have already had a taste of the polar weather with snow causing travel disruption and school closures but we look at whether it will travel as far south as London.

Will it snow in London?

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are currently in place for London and much of the south east of England, the Midlands and Wales until 10am today.

According to the Met Office forecast for London and the South East, Tuesday will see “a cold start with rain and snow showers making slow progress southwards, clearing by the evening”.

Snow is said to be most likely over higher ground but possible at lower levels too. The maximum temperature 4°C.

And it is expected to a cold night on Tuesday with patchy frost and icy stretches and further sleet and light snow likely first thing on Wednesday for southern counties and a minimum temperature -1°C.

This sleet and snow will gradually clear eastwards through the morning but it will stay cold and cloudy, with a maximum temperature of 4°C.

Further snow is then said to be likely later on Wednesday evening, with some heavier bursts possible at times.

From Thursday onwards it will stay cold with frosts overnight in London and the South East, according to the Met Office, with strong winds and a risk of more rain and snow on Thursday and Friday.

Saturday daytime may be drier and brighter.

Temperatures could be hovering around 1°C or 2°C in the day but plunging to as low as -4°C at night in London.

A commuter walks across Westminster Bridge in central London, as Arctic air moves over the country possibly leading to the coldest temperature of the year so far. Picture date: Monday March 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
A commuter walks across Westminster Bridge in central London, as Arctic air moves over the country bringing warnings for snow and ice (Photo: James Manning/PA)

Are there more weather warnings for the week ahead?

Met Office yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in the place for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. But so far only Tuesday’s covers London.

Much of northern Scotland and the North East of England is also covered by a snow and ice warning on Tuesday.

On Wednesday a warning for snow and ice is in place again for much of northern Scotland and the north east of England.

A second warning for snow has been issued for south Wales and most of southern England but doesn’t include the capital.

A car with a partially cleared windscreen drives through snowy conditions in Briggswath, North Yorkshire, as weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across all four nations of the UK and more are expected to be issued as Arctic air sweeps across the country. Picture date: Tuesday March 7, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Snow has already hit parts of Scotland and the north of England with wintry conditions in Briggswath, North Yorkshire making driving difficult. (Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA)

Thursday and Fridays weather warnings are for heavy snow covering much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of England and North Wales.

Met Office chief meteorologist Dan Suri said: “Snow, ice and low temperatures are the main themes of this week’s forecast, as the UK comes under the influence of an arctic maritime airmass as cold air moves in from the north.

“Snow is already falling in parts of the north where some travel disruption likely, as well as a chance of some rural communities being cut off.

“Snow showers will continue through today and Tuesday here, and Northern Ireland will also be subject to some snow showers, especially over high ground.

“Ice will provide an additional hazard for many with overnight low temperatures well below 0°C for many.

“Further south wintry hazards will develop with parts of England and Wales affected by icy patches and snow in places tonight and likely further snow in parts of the south early Wednesday.”

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