UK snow: Britain set for downpour tomorrow as temperatures dip to -1C in cold front


The Met Office says snow on Friday is a strong possibility as temperatures plummet, with WX Charts suggesting a 100-mile snow bomb will rampage through Britain next weekend

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Weather: Met Office predicts cold temperatures with risk of snow

Britain is set to see snow tomorrow amid a bitter cold front, as temperatures plummet as low as -1C over the weekend.

It comes amid reports of a ‘snow bomb’ bringing up to 3cm an hour over a 100-mile swathe by next weekend, which begins in northern Scotland and quickly works its way southwards.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for ice from midnight and 3am tomorrow.

Lasting until 11am on Friday, the first warning covers much of western Scotland, while the second, for Northern Ireland, lasts seven hours until 10am.

It says: “Icy patches are likely especially on untreated surfaces, leading to tricky travel conditions in places.”

Freezing air is moving slowly down from Scotland, bringing with it plenty of precipitation which could lead to snow falling in southern England tomorrow.

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The Met Office’s Grahame Madge told the Mirror this morning northern hills are most likely to be affected but the likes of East Anglia could also see snow.

“The cold front is pulling cold air behind it and just on that back edge where the moisture is closest that could lead to a regime where we could get winter showers,” he said.

“It’s possible that central and southern England tomorrow may see snow falling for a while but it’s unlikely to cause any particular disruption.

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Snowfall could be as high as 3cm an hour
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“It will dissipate quite quickly once that front has gone through, but colder conditions will prevail after that,” he said.

Friday’s temperatures are likely to sit at around 6 or 7C in the south – so a slight drop from the last few days, Mr Madge continued.

While overnight the mercury is expected to drop even lower into the weekend once the cold front has fully swept in.

“Temperatures on Friday into Saturday are likely to see a drop to low single figures, possibly down to -1C in sheltered spots,” the spokesman said.

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“That’s cold enough for grass and air frosts to form and then daytime temperatures on Saturday will possibly see double figures in southern parts and central, even Manchester could see 10 and further north 7 or 8.

“A fair spread on temperatures but not too bad for this time of year,” he added.

Some forecasts are predicting a substantial snowfall next weekend, with WX Charts indicating a 100-mile snow bomb could batter most of the country.

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Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to be struck until tomorrow morning
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Its weather models suggest up to 3cm of snow fall an hour.

But Mr Madge said it is difficult to say with any certainty what the weather will do so far ahead of time.

“Giving a forecast with certainty over seven days away is subject to change,” I explained.

“We can see a lot of change in the model output between now and then and we tend not to provide a detailed forecast that far out.”

However, he said there is some indication of snow “further north”, but added: “The challenge with forecasting snow is the tolerances between rain and snow can be a matter of a degree or two.

“As it stands we are looking at potential for winter conditions on northern hills but further south the indication is it could be quite mild, relatively.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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