SCOTLAND is colder than Alaska today as a -8C frost descended from the North Pole and snow is on the way this weekend.
April snow showers will see a white Saturday and Sunday as cold air blows in 2,000 miles from the Arctic.
The pinnacle of wintry conditions saw parts of Scotland experience freezing temperatures of -8C this morning – colder than Alaska.
In Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, it was milder -2C this morning, with lows of -4C expected tomorrow and -5C on Sunday.
In Scotland, snowplows are on standby at airports as snow showers and widespread frost are expected tomorrow.
Sandblasting trucks are also in service out of season.
A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice is in place for parts of the Scottish Borders from midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow.
Glasgow and Perth will see highs of 9C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday, with Aberdeen and Edinburgh set for 7C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday.
Inverness is forecast for 8C tomorrow and 9C on Sunday, Dundee is expected to have 7C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday,
Meanwhile, Stirling will see highs of 8C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday.
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Donal Considine of DTN MeteoGroup said: “The cold air is coming from the North Pole, so it’s as cold as it gets.”
A Met Office forecaster said: “Saturday will have a cold and icy start.
“Cold air is being sucked in from the north. Sub-zero temperatures are possible for much of the UK.”