GLOVES, scarves and winter coats will be at the ready this weekend as the south braces itself for another cold snap.
Temperatures are expected to plunge over the next few days as a biting easterly wind continues to blow across the south coast.
Today’s high for the Portsmouth area will be around 5C, falling to 4C tomorrow and 2C on Sunday.
The Portsmouth area looks set to be spared however from the severe disruption expected further north.
Snow is expected to blanket everywhere north of the M4 corridor, with up to eight inches hitting the worst affected areas of north-west of England, North Wales and south-west Scotland.
The precipitation moving across the country is expected to fall as rain in Portsmouth later today.
Persistent rain overnight and yesterday has caused some disruption on the A27.
A lane on the A27 eastbound between Oving Crossroads and Portfield Roundabout in Chichester has been closed.
Winter will continue to linger into next week – despite Spring officially starting on Wednesday when day and night became nearly exactly 12 hours each.
Temperatures will hover around the 4C mark in Portsmouth with a cold north easterly breeze.
Forecasters are predicting this could turn out be the coldest March in 50 years – in stark contrast to last year when the south baked in a 20C heatwave.
James Wilby, a forecaster for Meteogroup, said: ‘It is really just nasty conditions across most of the UK. The snow will fall from the M4 northwards, quite lightly in the south but heavily in the north. Along with the heavy rain and flooding in the South West, there will no doubt be a lot of disruption for the UK.’
He added: ‘I’m sorry to say that there is no sign of things getting any better next week, it’s going to remain cold and bleak.’