Published On: Sun, Nov 10th, 2019

UK snow forecast: Britain bracing for 10cm of snow to hit in hours as Arctic winds strike


The UK will be hit by bitterly-cold temperatures this week as more snow threatens to crash into some parts of the country. On Saturday, parts of the north and Wales were hit by snowfall which triggered disruption on the roads. According to the latest weather charts, the cold temperatures are likely to continue as northern air takes hold in Britain.

As heavy rain moves in from the west, snow is expected to fall across parts of the north of England, while some parts of Scotland could see up to 10cm of snow, especially over higher ground.

The WxCharts, which looks at the probability of snowfall, shows these areas are likely to see some snowfall on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning.

Simon Partridge, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “This evening and overnight, things are set to change as this big area of rain starts to push its way eastwards across the whole of the UK through the overnight period.

“Actually a falling of snow across the higher ground of Scotland and even down into the Pennines at times.

“Could see five to 10cm of snow above 300-400 metres in Scotland through the overnight period. Because of that, it is going to be a fairly chilly night for all of us.”

Mr Partridge claimed there would be a “chilly and damp start” for many across the country on Monday morning.

He said: “Rain will clear out and should clear the east coast through the middle of the morning on Monday.

“But, behind that, it is sunshine and showers for the whole of the UK. A rash of showers moving their way in. These will be blustery, heavy, there is a risk of hail and thunder at times – particularly up to the north and west. Always driest and brightest down towards the southeast.

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“Over the high ground of the Peak District widely 30mm is expected to fall with 60mm possible in a few spots.

“Snow may prove an additional hazard, falling over the highest peaks at times but only small accumulations are expected.”

There is also another yellow weather warning in place on Wednesday for rain between Sheffield, Nottingham, and Lincoln, and out to the east coast of the UK.

The warning adds: “Uncertainty in the location of any heavier rainfall is high, though, with ongoing flooding across the area, even relatively small amounts of rain may cause significant impacts.”

The Met Office posted a weather map on Twitter explaining why the UK was being gripped by colder temperatures.

They wrote: “A strong Atlantic jet stream will influence the UK weather this week. Keeping conditions rather cold and unsettled.”

The chart added “a large temperature difference over North America” created the strong jet stream, maintaining “low pressure over the UK” which was joined by a “cold northerly airmass”.



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