Storm Caroline and a cold snap are coming: Here's what it means for Notts

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A biting cold snap is set to grip Britain later this week, with sleet and snow showers predicted and temperatures struggling to climb above freezing.

The Polar blast will plunge downwards through the UK late on Thursday when Storm Caroline - which is arriving in the north of the country early on Thursday - clears.

This will signal an onslaught of bitter weather, including snowstorms in some areas.

Minimum temperatures for Friday and Saturday

Here in Notts, temperatures are only expected to be a maximum of 3°C on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - a massive drop from the 12°C which is forecast for early on Thursday.

However, we should avoid any snow and ice - the map below shows the area covered by a yellow warning for this.

The weather warning just misses Nottingham

The weather warning just misses Nottingham

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said colder air would start to affect the UK during Thursday when Storm Caroline clears the country and moves across the North Sea.

She said: “Storm Caroline will continue to shift eastwards through Thursday becoming situated to the west of Norway by the evening.

“This will develop a cold northerly flow and as a result will drag cold Arctic air in across Britain late Thursday overnight into Friday resulting in a sharp drop in temperatures.

“It will feel much colder in the wind. Widespread frosts are also expected."

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Looking further forward, there should be some brighter spells in the run-up to the festive season and these will be accompanied by sharp overnight frosts.

A return to milder temperatures is possible nearer to Christmas, but there is still some uncertainty in the long-range forecast.