UK weather forecast: Snow to last ALL FEBRUARY as UK hit by DOUBLE plume of Arctic air

UK weather forecast: Snow to last ALL FEBRUARY as UK hit by DOUBLE plume of Arctic air
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 12:01:00 +0000

Polar conditions over the past few days have dished up but a taste of things to come with the “coldest weather for years” on the way. Another four inches of snow will blanket parts of the country tonight and through tomorrow, government forecasters warn. A brief lift in temperatures after this weekend will see the mountainous winter blanket gush into torrents of floodwater.

A barrage of storms forecast to barrel in from the Atlantic will unleash torrential downpours adding to the misery though the week.

Temperatures will plummet ahead of next weekend as two plumes of freezing air simultaneously sweep in via Scandinavia and Greenland.

Britain is facing the worst snowfall of winter so far with temperatures set to nosedive back into minus double figures by mid-month.

Weather charts show the UK engulfed by heavy persistent snowfall amid warnings severe weather could last into the start of spring.

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The UK will see heavy rain and melting snow trigger flooding next week (Image: Getty Images/ Twitter)

After a chilly and unsettled weekend temperatures will nudge upwards on Monday although wind and rain will affect most regions.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “Temperatures will start to rise after the weekend which is good news if you don’t like the cold weather.

“However it is going to be unsettled with wind and rain following the colder weather we have seen over the past couple of days.

“Temperatures will move closer to normal for the time of year, however towards the north we could see gales and and with rain and melting snow there is going to be a risk of localised flooding.”

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Double pronged attack (Image: Netweather)

It will follow a freezing weekend with the mercury poised to plummet into minus double figures over the next couple of nights, he warned.

He said: “We are expecting widespread hard frosts on Saturday night with temperatures in the north of the country potentially dipping to -10C (14F) while elsewhere we could see -4C (24.8F) or -5C (23F).

“It is going to be a very cold night and there will be a risk of further snowfall on Sunday, this will be most likely over high ground.”

Strong winds will start to whip up on Sunday night into Monday with gusts of 100km/h threatening to scour the west coast.

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Mid-month snow (Image: Netweather)

Another low-pressure storm system will steamroll in later in the week unleashing another dose of torrential rain and strong winds.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis warned it will remain wet and windy through the start of February before turning colder.

He said: “Wet and windy conditions sweeping in from the west Sunday night across northern and western areas, with hill snow across northern areas.

“An area of low pressure crossing the north on Monday, spreading wind and rain towards the east in the morning, followed by brighter conditions with showers from the west.

“Staying generally unsettled next week, with further Atlantic systems moving in from the west at times, bring spells of rain, with hill snow in the north.

“Turning less cold too, especially in the south.

"Perhaps turning drier and colder towards the end of the week.”

Models reveal two plumes of Arctic air descending over Britain plunging the nation back into the freezer.

It could herald the start of what some forecasters warn is shaping up to be the most savage February spell for years.

Exacta Weather’s James Madden said heavy snow will fall widely as easterly winds sweep into the country.

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Temperatures back into minus doubles by mid-month (Image: Netweather)

He said: “February is likely to continue with a rather cold and wintry theme for much of the month, and further snow is likely, particularly, in parts to the south of the country once again.

“Another strong easterly is also likely to prevail around the mid-month period, this could trigger some of the coldest weather in many years for a February with additional widespread snow.”

The Met Office has issued five separate warnings for snow and ice across the UK tomorrow with a further alert in place in Scotland on Monday.

Chief forecaster Dan Suri warned severe weather threatens further disruption on the roads and transport systems with slippery surfaces raising the risk of slips and falls.

 

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Storm pulls in 100km/h gusts on Monday (Image: Netweather)

He said: “Friday's snow will gradually ease during Friday evening and night.

“Meanwhile, icy stretches are expected as temperatures fall Friday late afternoon and evening, especially where there is lying snow or where there has been any melting of snow during Friday daytime.

“Snow showers over northern Scotland and eastern England will also start to affect parts of western UK during Friday evening and night.

“Meanwhile, over northern Scotland showers will merge into longer periods of snow and here accumulations of two to five centimetres are possible with five to 10 centimetres perhaps falling over higher routes.”

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