Easter weather warning: 'Beast from the East Mark 3' may hit UK next week

Snow and freezing temperatures could return to parts of the UK in time for Easter if the "Beast from the East" strikes for a third time.

The Met Office said snow could fall in Scotland and the east coast of England as cold air envelops the country from the middle of next week.

Increasingly unsettled conditions are expected later on Monday and into Tuesday as a frontal system from the west brings a spell of heavy rain followed by lower temperatures by Wednesday.

The Met Office's Laura Paterson said: "The evolution of this system during the middle of next week is uncertain but it does appear increasingly likely to herald the start of another cold spell for many parts of the UK.

"Despite uncertainty regarding the timing and onset of this change, the signal that colder conditions will develop into the Easter weekend has remained consistent."

Forecasters are not expecting the cold spell to cause the major travel disruption that brought chaos to the country in February and March. A second spell of freezing temperatures hit the UK last weekend.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "It's being dubbed as the Beast from the East Mark 3, but as with most trilogies, the third edition is never as good!

"At the moment the exact details for the Easter weekend are uncertain but it looks like from Wednesday onwards colder conditions and spells of snow are likely.

"The snow will be mainly across central and northern areas of the UK, and mostly across the high ground but there is the chance of snow to low levels of these areas too which may lead to some disruption.

"However, it's not expected to be as extreme as the last couple of cold wintry spells we've experienced recently due to the sun being stronger this time of the year and we're also are a lot further into spring now.

"The ground is also warmer so snow may not settle in all areas it falls."

Economists have said the extreme weather in the February and March, which came from the east, could hit economic growth for the first three months of the year because of disruption to transport which meant lost work days and fewer people shopping.

:: UK weather: The latest Sky News forecast