The UK's first batch of snow this winter is set to sweep across Britain in the coming days - but it's not the Beast from the East that will be responsible for its arrival. Instead, it's the Troll from Trondheim that's set to turn large swatches of the north of the UK white.
British Weather Services' Jim Dale claims he coined the Beast from the East almost 25 years ago. He is now certain that a low pressure system from Norway - rather than Russia - will bring snowfall in just under a week's time.
The BBC is reporting that next week will see temperatures plunge in Nottingham. From Wednesday December 7 it will be -2C at night and not get above 3C during the day with the weekend also cold. There is forecast to be sleet on December 14 and 15 in Nottingham.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Mr Dale said: "You can feel now it’s starting to get a bit colder, but it is just ordinary - I call that no man’s land which we will be in for the next five to six days yet. In Scandinavia, north of Norway, pressure is starting to go low - and that low elongates and will move towards us carrying the cloud with it, but also low pressure bringing precipitation which is bound to be snow. Scotland will be the first to taste this."
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Mr Dale claimed the dates to be aware of are December 10-15. He added: "I think what’s happening is the low pressure zone is coming south and through the North Sea. We will see where it goes - whether it will affect the Midlands and south - which at the moment it probably will."
However, the question mark over whether the nation will get a white Christmas remains. The global meteorologist continued: "It will be the start of scraping the ice off the car. It will go from fridge to freezer which will be turned up a notch putting us in a very strong position for Christmas."
According to weather maps, snow will hit Scotland and Newcastle early on Saturday, December 10. It may then become more widespread on December 11 with eastern England, the Midlands and London affected from midday.
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