Weekend weather – UK

Weekend weather – UK

An Arctic blast but where will it snow?

BRITAIN is about to be hit by a snow storm with large areas of the country are braced in anticipation of freezing temperatures and bitter winds.

The Met Office has issued a new warning for snow for nearly all of England on Sunday, stretching down to the north of London.

The first bout of snow is due to hit north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland from about 4pm on Thursday as Storm Caroline moves away.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England have been assaulted by strong winds from the storm and the harsh weather will not end until Saturday evening when the yellow warning expires.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: “As Storm Caroline moves away and exits, when that event is over it allows cold air to be drawn southwards, that will bring a risk of snow overnight.

Where will it snow in the UK? Met Office yellow warnings for Thursday and Friday
“There will be frequent snow showers throughout the day and very cold temperatures in low single figures.”The first yellow warning of snow and ice comes into force at 4pm on Thursday until midnight, for south-west Scotland, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland Islands.As the cold air is drawn across the UK on Thursday, showers will increasingly turn to sleet and snow and surface temperatures will fall below freezing leading to icy stretches.

However, another yellow warning comes in at midnight on Friday and covers swathes of the UK and the majority of western England.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice for Friday and Saturday

Snow showers will continue to affect parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England, continuing on from Thursday.

The warning extends to northern and western parts of the UK, including Wales, south-west England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and even London and south-east England

Although Ms Sharples explained the area covering London and the south-east England is a large area, and the warning at the moment will affect Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, not the capital.

People across Britain should keep an eye on the forecasts as details will change.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and north Wales and perhaps even the north-west Midlands could experience 10-20cm of some and elsewhere in the warning area, 2-5cm is likely.

The Met Office warned: “Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

“The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday.

“Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel.”