The UK is to undergo a '40-day freeze' from next week, weather forecasters have warned.
An 'Arctic blast' is set to blanket some areas of the country in frost and up to 11 inches of snow, with the freezing weather set to last until January or February next year.
According to the Weathertrending website, snow as deep as 10 inches is predicted to cover the north of Scotland by the end of next week, with the depth forecast to increase to 11 inches by December 18.
A spokesperson for the Weather Company, meanwhile, told The Express that: "30 to 40 days with snow or ice disruption are expected this winter in Scotland and parts of northern England.
After cold spells in December, more sustained cold is expected during January and February.
"After cold spells in December, more sustained cold is expected during January and February."
The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for this Friday (6.12.19) for the north of Scotland.
It says that: "Persistent heavy rain followed by showers are likely to produce some localised flooding and travel disruption."
It says in its forecast for next week that: "Into the next week, the more unsettled theme is likely to persist with longer spells of rain and showers with drier interludes remaining short-lived.
"Initially mild, temperatures are more likely to soon dip below normal, allowing an increasing risk of wintry showers the further north you go.
"Also a low risk of more widespread snow on northern edge of rain bands.
"Strong winds possible across the UK, especially in the south. Frost and freezing fog possible, particularly in the north. Temperatures may begin to recover by the end of the period."
Elsewhere, Weatherwise says that the south of country is under threat of snow around the time of the General Election (12.12.19).
It says in its forecast: "Very snowy and cold GFS run this evening for 7 days away... southern half of the UK would be buried for the 12th December (yes that’s right).
"If this were to come to fruition - textbook channel low with very heavy snow and strong winds."
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