BRITAIN is set to freeze as temperatures plunge to -10C following an icy blast brought by a 'Norwegian barrage.'
The 1,000 mile-wide chill will bring a sharp drop in temperatures this week, and could bring early snowfall to parts of Scotland.
According to forecasters, Scotland is facing an “early winter” with a chilly October and November on the cards.
It comes as a 1,000 mile-wide “Norwegian barrage” is set to hit later this week, with The Weather Outlook forecasting -10C in Scotland next month.
The sharp drop in temperatures is caused by La Nina, the cooling of the eastern Pacific Ocean.
A week of cold temperatures 3C below average is expected for Brits – as 11C highs for most will feel like 6C in the windchill coming from the north.
Councils have put gritters on standby in anticipation of the freezing temperatures.
The freezing forecast could leave Brits celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night in icy conditions.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It looks like an early winter, with the cards stacked in favour of a cold second half of autumn due to La Nina.
“-10C is expected in Scotland in November, with snow on Scottish mountains now and at lower levels in November.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “There's a good chance October and into November are chillier than normal.
"La Nina is one factor.
“Arctic air means frost and early snowfall is more likely.
"And the coming week sees some raw days with temperatures in single figures in the North and East.”
But despite the icy blast hitting Britain, snow is unlikely to fall anywhere apart from Scottish mountaintops in the coming weeks.
Oli Claydon, a Met Office spokesperson said: "It wouldn't be unusual to see some snow at the top of Scottish mountains as we go into autumn."
Temperatures were set to drop to freezing in parts of central Scotland over the weekend, as cold Atlantic air was pushed in from the west.
The Met Office had previously confirmed wintry showers would hit some parts of the UK.
They tweeted: "A cold front is bringing some sharp bursts of rain across parts of southeast Wales this morning.
"Meanwhile heavy showers behind cloud with rain are packing into the northwest, some of these heavy and wintry over the Scottish mountains."
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