Brits can cling onto a few more days of mild weather before a freezing Siberian wind sends temperatures plummeting next week.
The UK has been enjoying fairly warm temperatures for this time of year, beating typically balmier countries like Spain and France today.
However an arctic air could turn rain into snow for northern and central parts of the country in less than a week’s time.
Some forecasts claim up to six inches of snow could fall in parts of the UK by the end of the month, with many places seeing at least a covering.
About 1-2cm of snow is possible across East Anglia, the Midlands and as far south as parts of Greater London and Kent by January 23.
Over the snowy period, some places in the Lake District in northern England could see up to six inches (16cm) of snow while Yorkshire could be hit by about 2.3 inches (6cm) and North Wales could see up to two inches (5cm), the Express reported.
The sudden change has sparked fears a new ‘Beast from the East’ could hammer Britain until March.
The same weather warnings and patterns from last year have been spotted again this month, with the Met Office saying it could prompt another icy Siberian blast.
Last year’s brutal conditions wreaked havoc for millions – trapping drivers on motorways overnight, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.
In the short term tomorrow will be mild but windy, with patchy rain and drizzle in the south and some sunny spells in the north.
Winds will ease on Monday, with mostly cloudy skies and patchy rain into Tuesday.
However, as night falls temperatures will drop and rain will be seen across most of the UK except for the east of the country.
The Met Office confirmed that by the middle of January rain could turn to snow "almost anywhere, but particularly across northern and central areas" especially towards the end of the month.
The forecast continued: "Some drier, brighter spells are likely, perhaps with snow showers, especially in the east. During such spells, frost could become widespread and severe.
"During the last week of January and into early February, there is an increased likelihood of cold weather being established across all of the UK, with temperatures continuing a downward trend to become cold or very cold.
"This would bring a greater risk of snow, ice and widespread frost, particularly across northern parts of the country.
"However, there remains uncertainty over the extent of the cold weather and how long it will last, and it is still possible that some milder and wetter interludes will intersperse this generally cold period, especially in the south."
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