UK snow forecast: Urgent warning for 3 days of blizzards – see day-by-day guide

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow and ice across three days this week affecting parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland

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UK Weather: Met Office forecast wintry showers

Multiple weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued by the Met Office as temperatures have dipped – and three days of blizzards are on the cards for parts of the UK.

Forecasters have said winds of up to 80mph could create “localised blizzard conditions” as yellow weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued over three days this week.

After a warmer-than-usual New Year, Brits have woken up to chilling conditions as the Met Office has said today will be “noticeably colder across the whole of the country”, with temperatures peaking at 8C or 9C in the South and about 4C or 5C in Scotland.

The first warning is currently in force and is set to last until tomorrow morning as forecasters warned of up to 15cm of snow falling on higher ground in Scotland today.

Dog walkers are seen this morning in the snow in Northumberland



A further weather warning for ice is in place today across North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and Humber and the East Midlands.

Another yellow weather warning for snow and ice will come into force on Friday but will be more widespread across Scotland, Northern Ireland, North West England, North East England and Yorkshire and Humber.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said in England there could be snow over the Pennines and North York moors, but it will be “pretty wet stuff”.

This Met Office temperate map of the UK shows temperatures on Wednesday dropping to single digits

In northern and eastern Scotland, winds of up to 80mph could create “localised blizzard conditions” as the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice.

Aviemore, in Scotland, saw five centimetres of snow yesterday, which would be added to overnight, Mr Partridge said.

Elsewhere, in Lincolnshire or the Pennines, any snow is likely to be “slushy stuff” over the next few days.

Mr Partridge said that those in the South will also feel the chill on Tuesday, as the winds could make the 8C temperature mark feel much harsher.

This Met Office weather map for Friday midday shows single-digit temperatures across the UK

He added: “It will definitely be colder, so if you’re going out, think about an extra layer tomorrow [Tuesday] … you might need anything to keep the wind out because it’s not going to be pretty.”

Tomorrow in the West is likely to be a “dry, bright day” as the winds drop, with few showers, but Thursday will see a “band of rain” move in, with icy temperatures overnight.

Towns in the South could also face temperatures of -4C on Thursday morning.

Mr Partridge said: “It’s basically what we should have for this time in January; it’s just that we’ve been so mild for so long that it’s suddenly a bit of a shock to the system.”

BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich said: “Snow and gales for some of us particularly in the north of the UK. The cold air filtering in on the back of this band of cloud and rain and with some sleet and snow on the back edge.

People pull children through the snow on sledges in Tow Law, County Durham over Christmas



Warm winds from the mid-Atlantic meant temperatures hovered around the 16C mark in parts of the UK at the turn of the year, making it the warmest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on record.

Met Office 5-day forecast


Rain slowly clearing to the southeast. Otherwise sunny spells and showers. Central and northern England and southern Scotland mostly fine and dry. Windy, particularly in north with coastal gales, locally severe. Cold.


Cold night with widespread slight frost. Wintry showers continuing over northern Scotland, north Wales and feeding into the Midlands from the Irish Sea for a time. Winds slowly easing.


Plenty of fine, dry and sunny weather. Parts of Wales and northern Scotland still seeing some wintry showers but these slowly dying out. Cold with easing winds for most.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Changeable and often windy with bands of rain and mainly hill snow followed by blustery showers of rain, sleet and snow; these chiefly in the west. Otherwise dry. Rather cold.

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