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Britain faces winter's first proper snow as an 800 mile-wide -3C 'polar pulse' delivers a five-day chill from Thursday.
Even the south of England could be threatened by snow and ice next week, and this is all before we head towards a cold snap in December.
Only dustings of snow have fallen so far this autumn in Scotland and North Yorkshire.
But now northern England is forecast for snow more widely, with hills most at risk, and even the South is threatened by flurries.
“Pants weather ” was forecast by ex-BBC weatherman Michael Fish.
And BBC weather forecaster Louise Lear has warned that winter showers are likely to leave high grounds coated in snow in the coming week – while wet and windy weather will hammer the rest of the country.
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Reports within the past 24 hours have suggested an “Indian Summer” is to keep the UK warm this weekend – but thunder, rain, gales and now snow and ice are on the heels of the current mild conditions.
But while it might be warm for now, the weekend will still be "miserable".
The Met Office has even issued a yellow 'rain' weather warning for the south of England, as a "spell of heavy rain is expected on Sunday morning."
Meteorologist Ms Lear told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: "This weekend forecast is pretty miserable, I'm afraid. Expect a lot of wet and windy weather. An indoor day, as my mother used to say."
A "colder than average" December could bring freezing conditions
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She added: ”Tomorrow [Sunday] is an unsettled day. We could start off with some pretty wet weather with heavy rain moving into the south.
"The strongest winds on Sunday look to be down across the south, particularly on those exposed coasts where we could see winds in excess of 60mph.
"We will also see plenty of sharps showers being driven in as well.”
Ms Lear went on to highlight the unseasonably warm weather being seen across the UK this weekend.
Parts of the UK could even experience snow from next week and into December
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She remarked: ”The temperatures will remain on the mild side for the middle of November, around 10C to 14C."
However, she went on to flag that this ‘mild’ weather is about to come to an abrupt end.
Temperatures are expected to plummet on Monday.
She said: "I just want to point out to you what happens as we go into Monday.
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"It gets quite interesting. We have more wet weather coming in on Monday. It looks like another unsettled day with scattered showers.
"Once that moves out of the way, temperatures will start to fall away, and into next weekend we draw in a northernly wind.
"It will feel noticeably cooler and I could be talking about snow showers next week."
And as we head into December, the UK could experience "colder than average" temperatures, with increased risks of overnight frosts and wintry precipitation.