Latest weather forecast for the UK, with the Met Office warning of up to 20cm of snow falling
Meteorologists warned that up to 20 cm of “devastating” snow could fall in some places tomorrow.
As a wave of cold air sweeps over the UK, snow is expected to fall in parts of northern England, northern Wales and Northern Ireland during the morning and into the afternoon. A yellow snow warning will come into force for these areas, which includes all of Greater Manchester, from 6am on Thursday (February 7).
The warning continues until six o’clock on Friday morning. Forecasters expect it to reach two centimeters snow Possible at low levels, 2-5 cm on the ground above 200 metres, and as much as 15-25 cm above 400 metres.
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In the areas covered by the warning, there is a risk of power outages, disruption to travel on roads, rail and in the air, and “a small possibility of some rural communities becoming isolated.” Met Office maps show a band of snow sweeping across the UK from around 9am tomorrow, with our region likely to see white snow in the late morning and early afternoon.
Meteorologists expect the snow to recede later Thursday, and may turn again into rain or drizzle, especially in the south and east of the warning area. In our area, temperatures will drop to 2 degrees Celsius during the day.
Regarding the forecast for Thursday, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Chris Almond, said: “There is an increasing signal of winter risks as we move through the week as cold air moves in from the north over the UK. From Thursday, the threat of snow becomes influential.” As moderate air tries to return from the south, it collides with cold air and increases the chance of snowfall where the two systems meet.
“Although there are still many details to be worked out, the initial risk of snow appears higher in northern England and Wales from Thursday. Up to 1-2cm of snow is possible at lower levels, with Its height is 10-20 cm above the highest ground within the warning area.
“This snow is likely to gradually turn to sleet and rain later from the south.”
Amy Shaw, national network manager at National Highways, urged drivers to be careful on the roads. “Freezing conditions bring dangers such as snow and ice, so take every step possible to understand your trip in advance and allow plenty of extra time when traveling to prepare for the unexpected,” she said.
“So it is always important to plan ahead for your trip, check the weather forecast, and if weather conditions become difficult, adjust your driving behavior and exercise extra caution.”
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