Met Office contradicts forecasts and results
Weather warnings and forecasts
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snowfall in North Staffordshire, with parts of the county placed under a yellow warning from midday. However, the expected snowfall did not materialize as expected. Much of the county was spared significant coverage, leaving some areas under a light dusting of snow.
According to the Met Office, a weather warning has been issued as of 06:00 GMT. The forecast calls for rain in North Staffordshire until midday, turning to sleet, with further rain expected in the afternoon followed by frost. Furthermore, warnings have been issued about possible power outages in rural communities, power outages and travel disruption.
Contradictory expectations and results
While the Met Office has forecast heavy snow, low temperatures and stormy conditions in North Staffordshire, including Stoke-on-Trent and the Moorlands, weather mapping service WX Charts has predicted a north-south split in wintry conditions. On the other hand, the BBC disagreed with the Met Office forecast, predicting heavy rain and sleet rather than heavy snow. National Highways has issued a severe yellow weather alert for significant amounts of snow, with up to 20cm expected at the peak of the M62 and A628 Woodhead Pass.
As a result, parts of North Staffordshire, including the Leek, saw some snow earlier today. However, the Black Country and Staffordshire woke up to rain rather than the expected snowfall. Further rain is expected, with Bewdley Bridge closed due to flood warnings.
Weather effect and precautions
In light of the weather warnings, Staffordshire County Council crews were working to keep roads clear, and some schools, including St Bartholomew’s Primary School, were closed due to safety concerns. Despite the weather conditions, snow hit other parts of the UK, but the Black Country remained unscathed.
The Met Office has warned that some rural communities are likely to be without power and there is a possibility of power outages. There was also the opportunity for travel disruption. However, mild air from the south may have caused the snow to turn to freezing rain across elevated roads above 200 metres, reducing the impact of the expected snowfall.
Looking ahead, the latest WX Charts show that on February 9, large parts of the country could see snowfall, and more snow is expected on February 12. The Met Office is forecasting rain in North Staffordshire on Thursday 8 February. While the BBC is currently forecasting snowfall throughout Sunday, February 12, until Monday, February 13, in parts of North Staffordshire.