UK weather maps show 9cm snow bomb tonight as Met Office confirms icy plunge

Snow is set to return to the UK today (Tuesday, April 11) and tomorrow (Wednesday, April 12) according to the Met Office.

Advanced weather modelling maps from WX Charts also predict a shock return of the white stuff, with the site's data indicating snow falling at a rate of 5cm per hour in some regions.

A large weather front is tracked to sweep in from the Atlantic this evening, bringing heavy rain to most of the country.

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In parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland, snow will fall instead.

Areas of light purple inside dark purple on WX Charts' maps show snow falling at a rate of 5cm per hour in Scotland by midnight, in the area between Aberdeen and Inverness.

Some 9cm are expected to settle on the ground there.

As we head into Wednesday, snow is tracked to be blown further south into England and Wales. North Wales as well as the north-west and north-east of England are expected to see flurries.

Those not getting snow are expected to see rain again, albeit less severe than the downpours forecast for Tuesday.

Only on Thursday (April 13) do WX Charts reckon the weather front will have moved away.

The Met Office has also forecast snow and severe rain, but expects it to be more concentrated over higher regions.

The Met Office forecast for tonight reads: "Further spells of rain for parts of Scotland, turning to snow over mountains. Rain or showers for many other areas, locally heavy with rain and thunder. Gales for eastern Scotland."

It adds for tomorrow: "Rain or showers for all; snow on northern mountains. Windy, with a period of gales or severe gales likely for parts of the west and southwest. Temperatures below normal."

There is also a yellow-level weather warning for wind in place from 3pm today to 3am tomorrow, covering much of the west coast of Britain as well as parts of Northern Ireland.

People in those regions have been told: "Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.

"Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.

"Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

"Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

"It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves."

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