This weekend the UK is set to be hit by Storm Ciara with winds of up to 70mph to batter Britain and torrential rain the wreak havoc across the country. However, once the worst of the storm passes, heavy snow will hit parts of the UK, with as much as 27 inches expected to create a deep blanket by February 21 and 22.
The white stuff will largely affect Scotland, however, parts of the north of England and Wales could also be hit.
Ahead of the anticipated snow, the Met Office has warned Storm Ciara will bring some “quite lively weather to come with some tricky driving conditions”.
Giving the forecast for the weekend, meteorologist Clare Nasir said: “It’s going to turn very very blustery towards the north.
“We could even see gusts of up to 70mph across the western side of Scotland.
“Then, as Storm Ciara moves in on Saturday night and into Sunday, there will be high waves, damaging winds and heavy rain across the bulk of the country.
“Inland, there are winds of up to 60mph, maybe even slightly higher than that along the western side.”
Once Storm Ciara passes, the Met Office has introduced yellow weather warnings for snow and wind.
The weather alerts are in place from 9pm on Monday until 7am the following morning.
However, looking forward to the long-range forecast, weather charts indicate a much bigger build-up of snow is to come.
By Friday 21 and Saturday 22, as much as 27 inches of snow is expected to cover Scotland.
The north of England too will be hit, with a flurry of snow.
In hilly areas there could be an inch of snow, while some parts of Wales also get a sprinkling of the white stuff.
Temperatures for the weekend of February 22-23 are set to remain at freezing, with barely any part of the UK breaking above zero.