Met Office UK snow forecast - Manchester temperatures to plummet to nearly zero by weekend

The temperature in Manchester will dip to almost zero come the weekend but is there snow on the way?

The end of November and start of December will bring about some increasingly cold weather conditions across Manchester, with the weekend looking set to bring with it temperatures that could get as low as 1°C and 2°C.

The Met Office long range forecast, which runs from Friday 26 to Sunday 5 December, predicts that rain may fall as snow on higher ground in the north of England.

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Cold wind and temperatures are set to persist heading towards the new month and during the first week of December there could be more wintry showers further north.

Speaking last week, Tyler Ros from weather service, AccuWeather confirmed the most likely period of team that could potentially see snowfall.

“The threat for snow between November 17 and 22 looks to be around normal for the time of the year, which is any accumulating snow is likely to occur in the higher elevations of northern England and Scotland,” he said.

“We do have to watch a cold snap that appears to move into eastern Europe early next week.

“If this bleeds westward towards the UK (with the core of the cold remaining in eastern Europe), then the temperatures will be near to slightly below normal during this stretch,” he added.

What does this mean for the chance of snow in Manchester?

According to data from the MeteoGroup, despite temperatures dropping close to zero, there is a limited chance of snow as we say goodbye to November and welcome December.

Hail showers are forecast for the end of the month, and it looks to be generally wet across the city for much of the remainder of November.

Sleet showers have been forecast for Thursday, 2 December and temperatures will continue to struggle to reach higher than six or seven degrees.

North West England weather forecast


Clear skies with light winds through the evening. Turning cloudier in the north during the early hours, helping to moderate temperatures, but feeling cold in the south with a frost. Minimum temperature 0 °C.


Becoming increasingly cloudy everywhere through the morning. This cloud thick enough for the odd light shower later on. Feeling cool with temperatures around average for the time of year. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Cloudy to start on Wednesday before outbreaks of rain develop later. Turning brighter, breezier, and colder again on Thursday, then the risk of further rain on Friday.

UK long range weather forecast Friday 26 Nov - Sunday 5 Dec

Friday the 26th will likely bring cloud, rain, and strong winds to the northwest extending south to affect many areas through the day, some rain may fall as snow on higher ground in the north.

Scattered showers likely to follow later. Feeling rather cold, accentuated by strong winds with coastal gales possible in the northwest.

As the period continues winds will be typically from the north and northwest allowing cold conditions to persist.

High pressure is likely to sit to the south or southwest of the UK, so rain and showers are more likely in the north, these could be wintry on high ground and perhaps at lower levels at times.

Likely drier at times in the south and rather cold at times, with overnight frost likely.

(Source: Met Office)