London snow: Primrose Hill busy during wintry weather
Snow, ice and rainfall have dominated the weekend’s weather, both to people’s delight and horror. By mid-morning today, large parts of the UK were facing light to heavy snow – with icy stretches and sleet also hitting much of the nation. The Met Office issued a swathe of yellow weather warnings, though the snowy showers are expected to die out later this evening for most. However, temperatures are expected to plunge tonight in another freezing blast.
Sunday evening could see the mercury drop to lows of -4C to -6C, according to Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge. He said: “Some localised spots, likely in the Midlands, could see it as low as -10C (14F).”
While Chris Tubbs, Deputy Chief Forecaster for the Met Office, hinted more warnings could be on their way after a snowy weekend.
He said: “The cold conditions are forecast to remain across the UK until Tuesday, when more Atlantic-dominated weather is due to exert an influence, gradually bringing milder, but wetter conditions to the UK once more, although this may take a while to reach the north-east of the UK.
“Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.”
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Will it snow tonight or tomorrow?
Snow maps from WXCharts show flurries will continue into this evening and overnight.
In London and the south-east, flurries will extend into Essex between 6pm and 9pm.
The midlands will also see snow during this time and continuing through to the early hours of Monday morning.
There are Met Office weather warnings for snow and ice in place, with an amber warning in place for the midlands tonight.
The warning, in place until 8pm, says: “Today’s snow will persist into the evening and then slowly begin to ease before drifting away southwards. Until then, a further 5-8 cm of snow is possible at low levels and 8-12 cm snow may fall above 200 m.”
An alert for Scotland reading: “Wintry showers across western Scotland and the Northern Isles will turn increasingly to rain at low levels during the early hours of Monday allowing icy patches to form. On hills and mountains, showers will remain as snow.
“A few centimetres of snow are possible on hills above 200 metres, and perhaps over the Shetland mainland for a time this evening. Northern Grampian will be dry for most of the night but a few showers are likely here late in the night.”
Icy patches are expected overnight in central England into Monday morning, especially in areas where snow has fallen on Sunday.
But by midday on Monday, the snow across southern and central England is expected to begin clearing up.
Data from NetWeather shows the snow risk for some of the main cities in the UK.
Manchester has a 76 percent chance of snow today but is expected to see now snow at all tomorrow, before the risk rises to 14 percent on Tuesday.
In Nottingham, currently under an amber warning, today’s snow risk remains high at 90 percent, dropping to zero for tomorrow.
London will see a 38 percent risk of snow on Monday.
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Snow risk maps from the forecaster suggest that from midnight, any new snow will fall in the central band of England, but by 3am this will have ceased.
At this time, some snow could fall on the northern coastline of Scotland, before disputing through the day.
Monday will see very little snow for the rest of the day, but the cold conditions will return with a vengeance on Tuesday.
By 6pm, snow maps show a band of wintry weather sweeping across Scotland and into northern England, before gradually moving northwards into central Scotland.
The rest of the week is expected to be mild, but the following Monday will again see the whole of UK facing snow.
The Net Weather snow risk chart shows a stretch of snow covering from northern Scotland to southern England affected by 6am.
The Met Office long-range forecast says unsettled conditions will dominate into the latter part of the month thanks to a low pressure system, which will mean the forecast will remain changeable.
The forecast adds: “While mild westerly and southwesterly winds are expected to be dominant for most of the period, occasional colder northerly winds are possible, bringing a chance of snowfall, likely confined to the far northern parts.
“Towards the end of the period, we may see high pressure bringing a higher than average chance of cold weather more widely with wintry outbreaks.”
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