Deep freeze returns as snow and high winds arriving in the next few days

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Extreme wintry weather is set to hit the UK once again only days after Storm Arwen resulted in death and travel chaos.

Recovery from last week's 'once in a generation' weather event still continues for some, as about 16,000 homes remained without electricity in Scotland and northern England on Thursday night.

The death of one man in a Northumberland village who had 'underlying health issues' may be connected to the storm as he is thought to have had no power or heating for several days, according to The Telegraph.

And after turning milder over the last few days, temperatures are expected to plummet below freezing at the weekend as a harsh weather front approaches from the Atlantic.

Things are getting noticeably colder on Sunday before snow arrives in northern England and Scotland on Monday, according to data from WXCharts.

Further waves will then come on Tuesday and Wednesday, primarily affecting high ground north of the border.

The Met Office outlook for Sunday to Tuesday reads:

"Cold and frosty for western areas early Sunday. Showers elsewhere, with snow over high ground. Organised band of rain clears east Monday, preceded by snow. Wet and increasingly windy Tuesday."

James Madden, a forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: "December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

"From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for a number of weeks.

"Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere."

With Brits already strapping in for even more extreme weather over the next few weeks, the bookies have slashed odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on the UK waking up to snow on Christmas Day.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters dreaming of a White Christmas look nailed on to get their wish this year, with odds now being at record lows."

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