Snow forecast shares exact date first flurries are expected to fall for Brits

Forecasters have announced the exact date snow will fall in Britain for the first time this autumn — and it's sooner than many will have expected.

Arctic weather approaching from the north and replacing the current warmer air means we could be seeing snow on the ground as early as next Thursday (October 21), according to WXCharts.

Snowfall of up to 1.5 cm is expected to descend upon the Highlands of northern Scotland that evening, meaning a possible covering to start the next day.

Throughout the night this level could rise by another 1cm, depending on the level of snowfall and how much settles.

Elsewhere in the UK, temperatures are expected to plummet to a blistering -3C by the end of next week.

Snow in some parts will arrive as rain and heavy winds in others, as the Met Office expects "a period of unsettled weather" to begin on Monday.

Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, has also warned of "nighttime frosts" towards the end of October.

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He said: ”Towards the end of the month, some computer models are indicating that high pressure will become centred to the north or west of the UK.

"If that happens there would be a growing likelihood of colder weather leading to a risk of nighttime frosts becoming quite widespread.

"There could be sleet or snow showers over high ground in the northern half of the UK.”

The snowy outlook has raised the prospect of a 'White Halloween', a rare phenomenon where snow falls on the mainland British Isles on October 31.

Anyone wanting to wager snowfall on December 25 for the traditional 'White Christmas' betting market, however, is going to need to wait until the end of November.

This is because bookies tend to wait for the long-term Met Office forecast before opening the market.

The national weather agency has also said snow on higher ground is usual for this time of year.

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