Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

UK cold weather forecast: Britain facing major snowfall in just 36 HOURS as -4C blast hits

Storm Arwen brings snow and high winds to UK

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Swathes of the country were hit by snow over the weekend with lorries and cars stuck on roads, ploughs being used in a number of areas and yellow ice warnings issued. Britain is also still reeling from Storm Arwen which caused havoc with strong winds including power cuts, transport disruption and damage to buildings as gusts of almost 100mph battered the nation.

But the latest weather maps suggest the wintery conditions are set to continue with more snow forecast in parts of Britain in the coming days.

A map by Netweather shows there is a high risk of snow in parts of Scotland, England and Wales waking up to snow on Thursday morning.

A separate map by WX Charts forecasts a similar picture, with snowfall in much of Scotland, the North East, parts of the Midlands and even London.

Further snow is also likely on Friday, according to weather maps.

A map by Netweather shows a high risk of snow across most of the north of Scotland.

Meanwhile, a map from WX Charts suggests there will be snow on the ground across a swathe of the UK, with the heaviest in northern Scotland.

And temperatures could drop to as low as -4C in the north of Scotland.

Netweather warned there is a chance of more snow this week.

Senior forecaster Jo Farrow said there will be “blasts of cold Arctic air, milder interludes, frost and blustery winds and still the chance of more snow but it’s mainly over the hills”.

Freezing temperatures are forecast on Thursday morning as snow hits parts of the country.

Ms Farrow said: “A real chill for Thursday morning with that north wind.

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“It will be a cold day on Thursday with sleet and snow showers for the far north of Scotland, a few clipping north Norfolk, northern counties of Northern Ireland, down through the North Channel to the Isle of Man and over Wales, maybe reaching north Devon.

“The winds do ease through the day and again it turns very cold at night, more frost for Britain.”

The Met Office said the mercury will plummet from Thursday with hill snow overnight.

On the outlook for Thursday to Saturday, the weather service said: “Turning colder again with wintry showers for the northeast.

“Mostly dry and bright elsewhere, although rain and hill snow will affect most places overnight Thursday into Friday.”

It comes after parts of the UK had the coldest night of autumn so far on Sunday with temperatures plunging to below zero.

The Met Office said Shap in Cumbria, north-west England, recorded the lowest temperature of the season so far with minus 8.7C (16.34F).

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) and charity Age UK have urged people to look out for the elderly who are most likely to suffer adverse health effects in cold weather.

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