UK weather: Met Office forecast snow showers in some areas
Storm Darcy has triggered heavy snow showers across large parts of the UK, causing disruption on Britain’s roads and transport networks. The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings over the next 48 hours, with up to 11inches (30cm) of snow expected in the worst affected regions. However, according to the latest weather maps, the worst of the wintry conditions is yet to come as a huge dumping of snow is expected next week.
According to WXcharts, a huge wall of snow is ready to hit the whole of the UK by next weekend.
The latest weather model shows up to 18inches (45cm) of snow is forecast in Scotland on Friday, February 19.
A blanket of snow turns central and southern parts of the UK white, meanwhile northern areas of the UK turn a deep purple with the heaviest wintry downpours.
Snow showers begin to descend southwards overnight on Friday, February 19, with up to 11inches (36cm) of snow expected in the far north of England.
Further south, up to four inches (11cm) is forecast for the south west of England and three inches (9cm) in south Wales and East Anglia.
Temperatures will remain bitterly cold with sub-zero lows overnight, as chilling winds close in.
The Met Office long-range forecast for the week ending February 21, says: “It will remain cold or very cold with brisk winds during the start of this period but potentially turning milder over southwestern then western areas for a time, but with a risk of gales at times here.
“Outbreaks of rain and snow, potentially heavy for some southwestern areas are possible across western and southern areas, whilst mostly dry and bright in the east and north.
“However with a continued risk of snow showers possible in central and northern areas.
“Further into this period, snow and attendant wintry hazards are likely to continue which could affect mainly northern areas and eastern areas but not confined to.”
More immediately, the Met Office has issued two weather warnings for snow and ice across the UK this evening.
A yellow warning has been put in place across the whole of the east of the UK, stretching 600-miles, with up to six inches (15cm) of snow forecast.
The Met Office has issued four weather warnings for Tuesday, including an amber alert for central and eastern parts of Scotland, which forecasts of up to 10inches (25cm) of snow.
Tonight temperatures are set to plummet to lows of -11C in northern parts of Scotland.
WXcharts show the entire UK turning ice-blue, with the mercury falling to chilling lows of -5C in the north of England and -4C in Wales and the south of England.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “With cold air across all of the UK any precipitation will fall as snow.
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“Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts through the week.
“Many places will see further snow accumulations with a few centimetres likely quite widely.
“Some areas will see larger accumulations with 20cm or more possible for some.
“Convergence lines, where showers organise into bands, becoming heavy and persistent, are likely to drive these larger accumulations and further warnings are likely to be issued as the locations affected become clearer.”
Mr Ramsdale warns cold-air will continue to push southwards towards the end of the week with lows of -10C forecast for eastern areas of England.
He added: “Overnight temperatures will be notably low through the week, especially in areas with lying snow.
“We can expect to see -10C as far south as East Anglia later in the week.
“Daytime temperatures will also be cold, only reaching one or two degrees Celsius for many early in the week. With strong winds as well the wind chill will make it feel much colder.”
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