Snow is forecast for Bolton according to the BBC Weather Service as temperatures plummet.

The forecast, as detailed by the BBC, states the borough will see light snow on Saturday with sleet showers predicted for Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures this weekend will struggle to reach above 1 degrees, with highs of just three predicted on Sunday.

The forecast states:"Tomorrow will see a crisp, cold start with sunshine. Staying bright and dry through the day too with just a few patches of cloud around, and it will be another chilly day.

The Bolton News:

"It will remain cold for the remainder of the week. On Friday, there will be patches of fog to start, which will then lift to reveal plenty of sunshine. On Saturday, patchy cloud and a few isolated wintry showers in places. Sunday may turn cloudy and a band of sleet and snow may move in from the west. This will then clear eastwards to reveal plenty of sunny spells later."

The Met Office's forecast for Bolton does not include snow, although it does predict bitterly cold weather.

Large parts of Scotland, northern England and Ireland are being warned to brace themselves for snow and ice, with weather warnings issued as temperatures plummet.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are copping a blast of cold air from northern Scandinavia, resulting in a cold snap for many in the north.

Daytime temperatures are expected to drop to cold, single-digit figures this week.

Night temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for large parts of England and Scotland.

There are two yellow weather warnings in place for the United Kingdom, one for snow and ice until 11am on Wednesday for parts of northern and eastern Scotland, north-east England and Yorkshire, and a second set until 11am on Thursday for eastern Scotland and north-east England down to North Yorkshire.

Snow has already fallen in North Yorkshire, with police taking to social media to make motorists aware of road closures on the A169.

People living in those areas are advised to expect showers throughout Wednesday morning that will likely see ice form on untreated surfaces, which may make some roads and pathways hazardous and slippery.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued warnings of its own, with yellow and amber cold-health alerts for northern regions of England until December 5.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist David Oliver warned of an uncertain weather period on Thursday and Friday for the southern half of England and Wales.

“The weather models are highlighting several possible solutions from very wet to mainly dry, with a mainly dry picture the most probable outcome at present,” he said.

“However, some models include the prospect of an area of low pressure developing and moving in from the south or south-west.

“If this solution proves to be correct, we could see an area of warmer and moisture-laden air ‘bumping’ into the cold air further north. Along the boundary of the two air masses lies a zone across southern and central Britain where snowfall could develop fairly widely.”

He added: “Snow in any affected area is unlikely to be anything more than transient and short-lived, but it could lead to small totals and some disruption over a few hours before melting.”

Snow is not expected to linger as ground temperatures usually remain relatively high at this time of year compared to late winter after the ground loses more of its warmth.