Spring might feel like it has arrived for many following the Beast from the east but forecasters are warning the country will be dashed at the weekend as the mercury is set to drop in to the minuses again.

The current spell of good weather most are having is set to change on Wednesday as heavy rain sweeps in from the west.

Low pressure will move in and sit over Wales and the south west of England as up to 5cm of rain is dumped on the region.

This persistent rainfall will creep eastward into Thursday — and temperatures will hold up at around 12C but from Wednesday people will start to feel a big difference again.

Forecasters at The Weather Outlook said: "An increasing number of computer model runs show a very cold pool of Siberian air pushing westwards and reaching the UK.

"If that happens temperatures would not be as low as in late February but widespread nighttime frosts and snow would be possible."

The Met Office forcasters have advised "More showery in southwest on Friday. Becoming colder for many Saturday with a high risk of snow in northern and central areas.

Sunday morning temperatures

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden warned colder weather will be accompanied by further heavy snowfall.

Swathes of the county face sub-zero overnight temperatures, harsh frosts and icy conditions later this week, he added.

He said: “We are about to get thrown back into the freezer as the beast from the east returns to our shores this weekend onwards.

“We have a high confidence for a return to some exceptionally cold northeasterly/easterly winds to arrive later this week.

"The return of the cold will be accompanied by several snow events which could be similar to the ones experienced only earlier this month.

“We can expect the first of these to strike this weekend with snow initially developing across eastern parts before spreading through the weekend.

“We are now likely to end the month as we started it – on a cold and snowy note.”

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