UK weather warning: Weather bomb Arwen to unleash 30 DAYS of snow in month of storms

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The UK is on full-scale alert for an early whiteout as Storm Arwen unleashes nationwide Polar hell this weekend. Ground temperatures will nosedive to -10C as bone-numbing gales in parts make it feel closer to -20C.

Government forecasters have issued a rare red wind warning as hurricane-force gusts, colossal waves and a mammoth ‘sea surge’ threaten widespread danger to life.

Britain is in the firing line for a barrage of similar storms through the rest of 2021 and into the New Year, forecasters warn.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “Autumn so far has been too tranquil, and it is rare to get away with that for too long.

“Storm Arwen is the first of what we think will be many storms to hit the UK through the Christmas period and into the New Year.

“Because of slightly warmer North Sea temperatures, this storm could deepen rapidly, perhaps more than 24millibars in 24 hours and be termed a weather bomb.

“Make no mistake, this is a very dangerous storm and will present a real danger to life, especially during the start of the weekend.”

As storm warnings mount, snow forecasts reveal almost no let up for at least the next 30 days.

Weather charts reveal a wall of snow from the Arctic bearing down on Britain this weekend with between a 40 and 100 percent risk of further outbreaks in the run-up to Christmas.

If heavy snowfall clashes with lightning storms, swathes of the country will be in the firing line for explosive eruptions of thundersnow.

The terrifying warning comes as some forecasters warn low solar activity will trigger the coldest and snowiest winter in a decade.

Others blame a La Nina cooling pattern which is developing in the Pacific Ocean with greater vigour than initially expected.

La Nina, the bounce back from El Nino, is a warming of ocean waters that can affect weather conditions around the world.

In the UK it has been linked to colder than average winters and an increased risk of storms in the northern hemisphere.

As the phenomenon gathers pace, long-range experts in the UK are warning to wrap up for weeks of winter misery.

Changes in temperatures in the stratosphere over the Arctic could add to the misery, as they did during the 2018 Beast from the East.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

“From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for a number of weeks.

“Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”

Storm Arwen, due to plough across Britain this weekend, is feared to be one of the worst in years.

The Met Office has warned of flying debris, damage to homes and buildings, power cuts, and mobile phone outages.

Met Office Expert Meteorologist Daniel Rudman said: “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low-pressure system that will impact the northeast most significantly from Friday but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and snow probable, especially over higher ground. 

“The most significant impacts will be the high winds that much of the UK will see into Saturday, with gusts of more than 80mph possible in exposed coastal areas. 

“Coupled with high winds, Storm Arwen will bring the potential for rain, sleet and snow.

“Snow is most likely over high ground in the north, but there’s a chance of some lower level-impacts towards some southern areas.”

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Mr Dale warned deep low pressure driving Storm Arwen could thrust a huge swell of seawater crashing over coastal defences.

He said: “This is a very deep low and it pulls the sea towards the coasts leading to a sea surge.

“There will be snow associated with the storm, and from Sunday, when the worst of it is over, we expect things to turn cold and icy.

“This certainly could be one of the worst storms we have seen for several years.

“We are entering a period of payback for the very mild and tranquil conditions we have enjoyed so far this year.”

Freezing forecasts have prompted bookies to once again slash the odds on winter records tumbling.

Coral is offering 4/5 on the coldest December ever while Ladbrokes is now 2/1 to enter the record books.

Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said:  “We were able to bask in unseasonably high temperatures this November but as the month ends, so will the sunshine.

“This December is odds on now to enter the record books as the coldest we have ever had.”

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati added: “A White Christmas will come at a freezing cold cost if the latest odds are anything to go by, with next month looking increasingly likely to break records on the weather front for all the wrong reasons.”



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