Weather latest: Shock SNOW DEPTH charts show intense blizzards- 8 INCHES to fall by FRIDAY

Weather latest: Shock SNOW DEPTH charts show intense blizzards- 8 INCHES to fall by FRIDAY

After a relatively mild start to the New Year, the UK is now facing a terrifying flurry of snow. After heavy rain and cutting temperatures caused disruption around the country last week, the UK was preparing for a huge wave of snow and winter conditions similar to the Beast from the East. The freezing weather system plunged the UK into sub-zero temperatures.

But the Beast is set to batter British shores once again, with much of the country expected to see heavy snowfall from tonight onwards.

Express.co.uk forecast earlier in January that a terrifying snow storm will be heading to the UK in between January 27 and 29.

But frightening new charts released today show parts of the country could be buried under eight inches (22cm) of snow by the beginning of February.

It follows a warning from Official Weather on Twitter, based on WXCharts that read: “Huge uncertainty at the moment regarding exact locations, amounts of snow & intensity of precip but away from the details, it looks 'highly' likely some places will see a fairly significant snow event on Thursday.

Weather latest: Parts of the UK will see up to 23cm of snow fall

Weather latest: Parts of the UK will see up to 23cm of snow fall (Image: WXCHARTS)

“England & Wales favoured. Could be heavy & disruptive.”

And this morning the Met Office released three dangerous yellow weather warnings – which cover the length and breadth of the UK.

All three are combined snow and ice warnings, and begin at 1.00am GMT Tuesday, January 29, and last until Wednesday, January 30.

The mercury is predicted to drop to around 0C overnight, with snow first hitting Scotland.

Weather latest: a terrifying blanket of snow will cover the UK this week

Weather latest: a terrifying blanket of snow will cover the UK this week (Image: WXCHARTS)

“The rain will turn quickly to snow on hills, then also to low levels in places.

Between 3cm to 5cm (two inches) snow is likely above 200 metres, with up to four inches (10cm) in a few places.

“A patchy covering of 1 to 2 cm is possible at low levels, although some places will see no snow at all.

“As skies clear overnight, ice is likely to form on some surfaces.

UK snow latest: Freezing temperatures and conditions will create chaos across Britain from today

Weather latest: Freezing temperatures and conditions will create chaos across Britain from today (Image: WXCHARTS)

Between 9pm tonight and 12pm on Wednesday the East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, South West England and West Midlands are on yellow snow and ice warnings.

The Met Office warned up to four inches (10cm) of snow could fall on higher ground across large parts of the UK this week.

A statement on the Met Office website read: “Weather warnings are in place for Tuesday and Wednesday as cold, unsettled conditions bring the chance of disruptive snow to many parts of the UK.

“A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday, then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“In addition, wintry showers will follow into western areas on Wednesday morning, giving further slight accumulations of snow in a few places.

“Accumulations of one inch (3cm) are likely quite widely, with accumulations of (two inches) 5cm in places.

“There is a small chance that some areas could see up to four inches (10cm), more especially over the higher ground. As this clears ice is likely to form on some surfaces on Wednesday morning.”

According to the latest graphics from WXCHARTS, by Tuesday night, the Midlands, north east and northwest of Britain will start to receive the first of the ice-cold blast.

Weather latest: the Met Office have issued snow and ice warnings for the majority of the country

Weather latest: the Met Office have issued snow and ice warnings for the majority of the country (Image: Met Office)

Snowfall could reach a maximum of three inches (7cm) in the Lake District.

Much of the south will experience between 1-2cm centimetres of snow on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Birmingham, Worcester and Norwich expected to see the greatest risk of snowfall.

But by Thursday evening a full blanket of snow will suffocate the UK, with Manchester, Liverpool and Stoke preparing to receive up to five inches (12cm) of snow and freezing cold conditions.

Uk snow latest: A repeat of the Beast from the East is predicted to smash into Britain

Weather latest: A repeat of the Beast from the East is predicted to smash into Britain (Image: WXCHARTS)

Meanwhile, snow is forecast to hit London potentially bringing the city to a standstill.

And by Saturday, much of Britain will see heavy snowfall as the winter chill continues to ravage the country.

Parts of Wales will see up to three inches (8cm) of snow, while the midlands and greater Manchester could see a whopping 10 inches (27cm) of snow descend.

Rainfall and gale-force winds are set to ravage the UK to its core, causing potential chaos and misery for thousands.

Weather latest: Parts if the UK will receive up to 12cm if snowfall before the end of the week

Weather latest: Parts if the UK will receive up to 12cm if snowfall before the end of the week (Image: WXCHARTS)

Chaos to road, air and rail travel is expected as the chilling weather system draws in and spreads across British shores.

The risk of freezing weather is said to have been caused by Stratospheric warming, a phenomenon that sees temperatures briefly and suddenly warming up – before plummeting back to freezing figures.

When the phenomenon occurs in the Arctic, it pushes the cold air eastwards, bringing heavy snowfall in its destructive path.

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