Parts of Norfolk could see up to 5cm of snow next week as "disruptive" weather hits the county.

The Met Office has said that snow showers could hit the county on Monday, mostly in the north and east of the county.

Temperatures are also set to plummet to -3C in parts of the region at the beginning of next week.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "After the unsettled Christmas and New Year period we are now seeing an abrupt change to much colder weather with temperatures below average for January.

"While there is an increasing risk of something potentially disruptive at some point in this period, exactly where will see any impacts is still uncertain at this stage."

There is currently a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) under way, the same phenomenon that brought the Beast from the East in 2018

The severe weather conditions forced hundreds of schools to close and blanketed Norfolk with snow.

Dereham Times: Parts of Norfolk could see snow next weekParts of Norfolk could see snow next week (Image: Danielle Booden)An SSW increases the chance of cold, dry weather but its impacts are not always serious. 

The Met Office said that although this was currently a "minor event" there was still a chance of a major SSW later this winter. 

Another factor also influencing the weather in the UK this winter is the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO).

This is a regular variation of the winds that blow high above the equator and it is currently in an easterly phase which also increases the likelihood of cold northerly or easterly winds.