BLUSTERY gales of up to 50mph will hit Britain today – before heavy snow moves in.
Some parts will see dreary showers as fierce winds barrel in from the Atlantic.
The rain is set to persist in the north of Scotland – where they could turn wintry – and western areas throughout the day today.
And temperatures will remain mild for the time of year – pushing into the high single figures.
An update from forecasters at Meteogroup UK said of Sunday’s weather: “A generally mild but blustery day with some strong winds, especially across the northern UK.
“There will be some showers in places but it should gradually turn drier throughout the day across most areas.
“However, for northern Scotland and the west the showers will persist.
“Brighter spells will develop as the day goes on in eastern England.”
But the warmer weather is not set to last as snow and freezing temperatures are predicted to batter Britain – with fears that a “Beast from the East 2” is on the horizon.
The Met Office has warned of the first “widespread snow” of winter with sub-zero arctic air next week bringing fierce gales and driving rain.
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.