Exact date ‘snowbomb’ to hit next week with up to 4ins an HOUR in some places

A ‘SNOWBOMB’ will hit Britain next week, according to the latest weather charts.

A smattering of the white stuff is expected over the coming days before four inches an HOUR coats some parts come March 11.

Shoppers struggle through blizzard conditions in Whitburn in West Lothian

Shoppers struggle through blizzard conditions in Whitburn in West LothianCredit: Dave Johnston
Snow coats a street in Glasgow

Snow coats a street in GlasgowCredit: Alamy
A snowplough at work clearing Ettrick Road in Perth after heavy overnight snow

A snowplough at work clearing Ettrick Road in Perth after heavy overnight snowCredit: Perthshire Picture Agency (PPA)

Maps from WXCharts show snow in the Scottish Highlands from this morning, spreading further south throughout the day.

It will continue to fall for the rest of the week, with a particularly heavy dump over the Cairngorms on Sunday.

But the real downpour will hit on March 11, enveloping most of Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and western Wales.

Forecasters reckon four inches and hour will fall in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, and the Lake District.

Wrexham, Liverpool and Blackpool will also see more snow than other areas during the flurry.

Then yet more blizzard conditions are expected on March 12 through to March 17, the latest date meteorologists can predict for.

While the Met Office expects wind, rain and fog, it does not currently have snow in its long-range forecast.

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Temperatures will plunge during the big hit, dropping as low as -4C on March 10.

And the chilly snap will arrive as Storm Gladys brings frost and a “wintry blast” – just as the UK moves into spring.

It will be the next named storm of the year, following the weather damage and disruption of Malik, Corrie, Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

Widespread snow will fall on March 11, according to WXCharts

Widespread snow will fall on March 11, according to WXCharts
Weather maps show up to four inches will fall in some areas

Weather maps show up to four inches will fall in some areasCredit: WXCharts
Frost covered train tracks near Welshpool, Powys, Mid Wales

Frost covered train tracks near Welshpool, Powys, Mid WalesCredit: SWNS
A vehicle along a road as the River Severn floods fields around Apperley in Gloucestershire

A vehicle along a road as the River Severn floods fields around Apperley in GloucestershireCredit: PA