Parts of Scotland could be buried in 80cm of snowfall in just one day as cold Arctic air sweeps across the country.

The UK looks set for a bitterly cold start to 2021, with plenty of frosty, inclement weather on the menu over the next few weeks.

WXCHARTS, a weather company which attempts to predict long-term weather trends, has warned of heavy snow until January 17.

At its frosty peak Arctic winds could induce 80cm of snow to fall in parts of Scotland on Wednesday, January 17.

Large swathes of Scotland have seen snowfall today, and may end up having a full 30cm covering by the end of the day.

The north of England has seen lots of snowfall over the past few days
The north of England has seen lots of snowfall over the past few days

The wintry weather is predicted to push further down the UK this month, WXCHARTS predicts.

Central Scotland could experience temperatures of -11C on Saturday, January 9, with other parts of the country being hit with -10C and -7C on the same day.

The nippy weather front may end up sweeping down England, with Carlisle forecast to see lows of -7C and Liverpool -6C.

On Monday, January 11 southern regions including London and Southampton are expected to shiver at -2C.

The north of Scotland could get seriously cold on January 9
The wintry weather may end up sweeping down the country

Brian Gaze, at the Weather Outlook, has predicted that "disruptive snow" will strike next week, after parts of the North and Scotland received considerable coatings over the previous few days.

"It will stay cold with an increased risk of showers in eastern Britain," he told The Express.

"I expect them to bring a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

"Snow is most likely inland and over the hills where disruptive accumulations are possible."

More snow is due over the coming weeks

While offering a more cautious and less specific long-term forecast, the Met Office has suggested more snow over the coming weeks.

The forecast between Friday, January 15 and Friday, January 29 read: "During the middle of January unsettled conditions are likely to affect southern and central parts of the UK with drier weather expected for the north and west.

"Whilst generally remaining colder than average some milder interludes are possible in the south.

"Toward the end of the month colder conditions become more probable, this bringing an increasing chance of snow."

For the many millions of Brits who woke up to snow and frost this morning, it won't be too much of a surprise to hear more wintry weather is to come.

People in the South West woke up to icy roads
People in the South West woke up to icy roads

On Friday motorists in the South West endured icy road conditions and there were 78 flood warnings and alerts in place across England and Wales.

In North Lincs a police officer was pictured casually skating across a frozen road.

He was seen sliding down the A18 near Scunthorpe as freezing temperatures turned the highway into an ice rink.

Humberside Police Roads Policing Section posted: “Sliding into 2021 like .... the A18 Mortal Ash Hill is closed into Scunthorpe this morning due to treacherous conditions. Please take care, very icy out here.”