SNOW FORECAST: These 10 shocking maps show how DEEP SNOW will blanket the UK within HOURS

SNOW FORECAST: These 10 shocking maps show how DEEP SNOW will blanket the UK within HOURS
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:31:00 +0000

Huge swathes of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be blanketed by several centimetres with up to 10cm - a third of a foot - falling in many places. The snow forecast  warns of severe disruption in London - where it could fall for up to 11 hours - and the south east during Friday morning’s rush hour with the entire area facing a rare whiteout overnight.

And as our incredible up-to-date weather maps show, the whole of southern England, Wales, and Northern Ireland could face travel chaos tomorrow morning, with further heavy snow forecast tonight in the north west and Scotland.

The maps, from multiple forecasting sources including the UK and US Met Offices, Netweather and The Weather Outlook, paint a worrying picture for anyone in the UK hoping to head out tomorrow or over the weekend.

It comes as top BBC weather forecaster Simon King warned London and the south east "won't know what's hit it" when it wakes up on Friday morning. 

He said: "Over the next 24 hours, snow is going to become a significant hazard so travel disruption likely.

Snow Forecast UK weather warning map

Snow is forecast to bring chaos to the UK within hours (Image: WX Charts)

Live UK snow chart

Heavy snow is set to blanket huge swathes of Britain tonight (Image: US National Weather Service )

This snow does have the potential to cause disruption to the UK transport network

Met Office weather forecaster Alex Deakin

“We’ve got this area of low pressure sitting out in the west.

"As that moves into cold air, we’re going to start to see some snowfall.

"The evening rush hour across parts of Devon, the west counties, through South Wales, Hampshire and Dorset quite significant heavy snowfall falling.

"That spreads its way further north tonight, into the London area, the southeast, through the south Midlands and into mid-Wales."

Snow Forecast map UK amber warning

Snow will cover all of Wales and much of southern England and the midlands (Image: MetCheck)

Heavy Snow forecast Britain

The snow forecast warns much of the country is facing a total whiteout (Image: NetWeather)

Uk snow depths

Snow depths will vary across the UK, with heavier falls expected in Wales and southern England (Image: Meteociel.Fr)

The first snow forecast is expected to hit the far south west of the UK around lunchtime today.

By mid-afternoon it will have spread to much of wales, including Cardiff and Swansea, and several southern coastal counties of England.

But the real trouble is expected to begin as darkness falls around 5pm, just as the area of moist air moves across central southern Britain.

By 6pm the first of the forecast flurries is expected to arrive in London. It will then gradually intensify until the early hours of Friday morning until finally moving off into the North Sea.

Britain snowfall warning

The snow could also fall further north, according to Metcheck's latest chart (Image: Metcheck )

Snow Radar UK today

The latest snow radar shows the front moving in around 1pm today (Image: Snow Radar)

The snow forecast maps do show slight variations in intensity and depth across the UK, but all the forecasting models now agree there will be a period of intense snowfall overnight across the UK.

The US Weather Service predicts the worst snowfall will hit Devon and Cornwall, mid-Wales and just to the north west of London, with up to 10cm possible in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Parts of Essex, Surrey and Kent are also in for a total whiteout.

Netweather’s latest snow forecast predicts a huge blanket covering the whole of southern England and Wales, while Metcheck predicts it will settle even further north, well into both the east and west midlands.

The Met Office today warned that 1-3cm of will fall very widely with 5-10cm locally and black ice and power cuts compounding the chaos tomorrow morning.

Snow UK forecast today England

The orange areas in this image show heavy snow will fall across Britain (Image: Sat24.com)

Met Office amber snow warning

The latest Met Office radar predicts heavy snow moving into the south west at lunchtime today (Image: Met Office)

Weather Outlook snow map today

This map from the Weather Outlook shows a huge area of snow moving across the UK tonight (Image: The Weather Outlook)

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “This does have the potential to cause disruption to the transport network.

“Many of the major routes could see snowfall from tonight’s rush hour onwards with the M3, M4, M5 and M25 all affected.

“It’s all coming from a weather front which is edging northwards and hitting the colder air sitting across the UK.

"It then pivots around and sits still for a while from Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing snow potentially for a sustained period.”

Last night was the coldest night of the year in the UK with the mercury plummeting to -13.6C at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish highlands.

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