Weather forecast: Met Office predicts when snow will hit UK as Essex temperatures drop

The Met Office has predicted when snow will hit the UK following plummeting temperatures in Essex and the rest of East of England this week.

Temperatures are expected to dip as low as -1C tonight and no higher than 3C tomorrow (January 20) across different counties in the East of England.

Although Essex is set to escape sub-zero temperatures tonight, the county will experience it later this week. Places like Chelmsford and Brentwood is expected to drop to -1C during Thursday night while places like Colchester and Southend will go low as 0C that same night.

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But with the pending freezing weather, when will Essex see the white stuff?

Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits throughout the week, with some experts forecasting that snow would fall first in Scotland before spreading south Berkshire Live reports.

The arctic chill is then expected to strike Northern England, East Anglia, and areas of England near Hampshire.

When has the Met Office predicted snow?

The Met Office has forecast snow in the UK at the beginning of February and has said: “High pressure is expected to be near or across the UK to start with, before gradually declining southwards further into February.

“This means that, especially at first, the generally settled conditions will prevail with bright or sunny spells. There is still the increased likelihood of frost and fog, the fog lingering all day in places.

“Later in February, it is likely to turn more changeable in the north, with outbreaks of rain and stronger winds. There is an increased chance of these pushing further south at times, though settled conditions are most likely to persist here. Temperatures are expected to be slightly above average overall, particularly in the north. Some colder interludes are still likely though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.”

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Met Office forecast this week for Essex and East of England

Today:

Cloud and outbreaks of rain clearing south during the morning. Turning dry and fine through the afternoon with largely unbroken sunshine. Also turning colder later in the day with brisk north to northwesterly winds developing. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Tonight:

Cold and breezy, with clear spells and occasional wintry showers, most frequent across northern and eastern coasts. Western parts drier with widespread frost. Perhaps the odd icy patch by dawn. Minimum temperature -1 °C.

Hylands House in Chelmsford looking picturesque amidst the pristine white snow
Hylands House in Chelmsford looking picturesque amidst the pristine white snow
(Image: Paul Dent-Jones)

Thursday:

A cold day, with brisk winds continuing to bring showers into eastern coasts, wintry at times. Sunny spells likely between the showers, with many western parts staying dry. Maximum temperature 3 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Dry, cold and frosty start Friday, with sunshine generally unbroken. Some cloud building through the day, but staying dry. Perhaps cloudier over the weekend, but still chilly with overnight frosts.

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