UK weather forecast: Exact date snow will fall next month when Arctic blast arrives


The country is currently gripped by a persistent bloc of high pressure which is causing clear skies and bright days with temperatures plummeting

Aerial view of snow covered Laneshaw Bridge, near Colne, where 500 home were left without power due to adverse weather conditions that hit parts of Lancashire
Aerial view of snow covered Laneshaw Bridge, near Colne, where 500 home were left without power due to adverse weather conditions that hit parts of Lancashire

Brits are bracing for a blitz of snow as the beginning of February could see the country blanketed in the white stuff in only seven days time.

The country is set for one last winter blast next month that could bring snow with it, as well as plunging temperatures and giving the country icy mornings.

Despite settled conditions in coming days, Brits should be careful not to get lulled into a false sense of security with snow possible in seven days time despite bright clear skies before that.

However, any cold snap is expected to be brief.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the Express: “We are expecting to see some changes as we head into the final month of the winter.

“Cold and snow will encroach from the north during the early part of February, and some of these wintry downpours may reach as far south as central England and the capital.

Snow is due to hit the UK in seven days

“The good news for snow-haters is that these blasts may only be briefed as the mild weather from the Atlantic pushes across the UK.

“A north-south divide will also bring the worst of the weather to Scotland and northern England with southern Britain likely to dodge the worst of the weather.”

Britain is currently being straddled by a huge region of high pressure.

This is keeping the snow, wind and rain at bay whilst temperatures still plummet despite the clear skies.

The end of January will see the continuation of the high pressure

The high pressure will hold on through next week until it finally breaks and gives way to winter winds from the north.

Models show these Arctic blasts sweeping across the home nations, driven by a huge bloc of low pressure near Greenland.

Mr Madden added: “This winter has so far been dominated by high pressure resulting in little in the way of cold spells and widespread snow.

“However, February certainly looks like more topsy-turvy with the weather flipping between cold and mild.”

The calm, but cold weather will continue for a week apart from the odd winter shower across Scotland or the north of England.

It will see out what remains of January.

Netweather forecaster Ian Simpson however said snow was even further off and that January’s high pressure would last into the early days of the next month.

Cold weather and the chance of snow will sweep down from the north

He said: “High pressure is still dominating the weather, and it doesn’t look set to move very far anytime soon ‑ even at 10 days out, most of the forecast models still have high pressure very close to or on top of the British Isles.

“The weekend looks set to be mainly dry and cloudy, with westerly winds bringing plenty of cloud and moisture into our area of ​​high pressure.

“Next week will continue with high pressure, and with high pressure mostly centered over the south of Britain, there will be some sunny spells to the east of high ground and over the south of England, but Northern Ireland, western Scotland and north-west England, will generally be cloudy.”

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