Snow forecast: Map shows Europe engulfed by over one metre of snow in early days of 2020

The treacherous conditions will begin hitting across the continent on the second week of the new year but parts of Italy and eastern Europe have already seen some heavy showers. A Met Desk map shows snow will fall intensively from the first weekend of 2020 - reaching over one metre in some parts of Italy by the end of the second week of the new year. 

Italy was issued with avalanche warnings over the Christmas period and the danger still remains very high after four people died in the Italian Alps on Sunday.

An avalanche has killed a skier in the Dolomite Mountains, the fourth death in the Italian Alps in 24 hours.

Italian TV said the skier was among four people struck by the avalanche near a mountain refuge on Sunday morning.

A day earlier, a wall of snow crashed into a group of German skiers in the Senales valley of Bolzano province, killing two seven-year-old girls and the mother of one of them.

READ MORE: BBC Weather: New Year’s Eve temperatures in ‘double figures’

Prosecutors say they are investigating whether that slope should have been closed to the public that day, given a high risk of avalanches.

Strong winds have raised the danger of avalanches in Italian Alpine ski areas, which are crowded with holidaymakers.

The snowfall will likely move over to the UK in time for the new year with Netweather predicting outbreaks of snow.

They said snowfall is likely in Scotland during the early hours of New Years Day.

The cold conditions will bring snowfall in northern parts of the UK. In the Scottish Highlands, there is a risk of snowfall on New Year’s Eve.

On the morning of New Year’s Day, temperatures across the UK will range from 8C and 3C.

The cold temperatures should continue through the first week of January, before increasing in time for the weekend.

But the cold snap means areas in Scotland will see snow.

The first snowfall is expected around midday on Thursday, January 2 in the Highlands and northwest Scotland.

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