UK weather maps show a three-day deluge of snow coming this month at a rate of 2cm per hour
Britons look set to face three consecutive days of snow later this month, with snow falling at both ends of the country.
“It is now increasingly likely that we will see at least one or two winter blasts from late November through the first half of December,” James Madden, a forecaster at Exacta Weather, previously said.
Now, advanced weather model maps from WX Charts have pinpointed when the first of these winter blasts will come. These images show a huge snow front forming over the sea north of Scotland on November 22 before arriving in Scotland early on November 23.
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This morning is likely to see severe flurries in the Scottish mountains, where snow is expected to fall at a rate of about 2 cm per hour, as well as in Inverness and Aberdeen.
WX Charts’ weather maps show the snow front heading south, hitting a few major cities along the way. By midday on Friday, people in north-east England, north Wales and around Manchester were able to see some snow. The North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales are expected to see the strongest gusts in England, with snow falling at a rate of between 0.5 and 1 cm per hour.
Snow is also expected to fall in England on November 25, which is also when the flurries should finally end in Scotland. WX Charts show snowfall at a rate of around 1-2cm per hour in parts of the Midlands.
Some much smaller patches of snow are also appearing as far south as Kent on November 25, meaning Brits on both ends of the country will see snow over all three days.
According to Madden, more intense snow blasts are expected to follow the next one this month. “Conditions look very favorable for a number of strong winter outbursts throughout January and into February, and they could be very prolonged in nature, for at least a week or two at a time,” he said.
“Widespread snow conditions are also likely to accompany these winter outbursts and put us in a winter wonderland on a number of occasions, which will be difficult to change with constant, very low temperatures of -15°C or more during this period.”
Madden added that temperatures during December, January and February may be below average. He previously explained that these cold blasts could be caused by sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) – the same weather phenomenon that led to the Beast from the East in 2018.
SSW causes the polar vortex to weaken, meaning cold air from the stratosphere descends quickly and impacts the jet stream. This could create what is called a “high pressure blocking” over the North Atlantic and Scandinavia, preventing other weather systems from overtaking it. This in turn means that the UK experiences long periods of low temperatures – and in some cases the drop leads to heavy rains of snow.
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