UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast
A blast of icy Arctic air has been seen snow blanket parts of Britain, with flurries reported as far south as London, prompting warnings of travel disruption.
After overnight temperatures dropped as low as -6C in Scotland, much of the UK remained in sub-zero conditions on Thursday morning, with the mercury forecast to sit at 0C in St Alban’s, -3C in Derry and and -2C in Glasgow.
Predicting hail, sleet and snow across the country, the Met Office has issued multiple weather alerts for ice on Thursday and Friday stretching the length of the UK, warning of the potential for injury and, in southeast England, disruption on rail and road networks due to ice and possibly snow.
There were already reports of long queues on the M62 near Greater Manchester on Thursday, with the icy conditions blamed for multiple accidents reported on the A61 in Derbyshire.
Motorists were urged to take care where necessary, while several councils in northeast England introduced severe weather emergency protocols, including services to help people who are sleeping rough try to stay safe.
Here are some of the latest photographs of today’s snowfall in the UK:
Emily Atkinson31 March 2022 13:39
Wintry spell expected to last until Monday at least, says Met Office
The winter chill is expected to prevail across the UK for the next four days at least, according to Met Office predictions.
On Friday, Brits are in store for sunny spells and further biting showers, most frequently along parts of the north and east coasts.
Forecasters also said a more organized area of rain is likely to affect parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The outlook for Saturday to Monday is not too dissimilar, with winter showers expected to wash over the country before temperatures inch higher into Sunday and Monday – which will bring with it cloudy and wet spells.
Emily Atkinson31 March 2022 13:25
‘Fair amount of sunshine’ expected this weekend
With memories of 20C sunshine just a few days ago still strong in the minds of many, forecasts suggest brighter weather is again on the horizon for this weekend.
“Showers will become less frequent, but still with the chance of some winter showers affecting the east coast and the North Sea coast in particular through Saturday,” Met Office meteorologist Matty Box said.
“There should be a fair amount of sunshine as well with sunny spells in between.”
andy gregory31 March 2022 13:02
Snow reported across England this morning
Here are some more clips and images of the snow this morning from social media:
andy gregory31 March 2022 12:46
Thunder and further snow forecast for this afternoon
Despite the weather set to heat up a little this afternoon, further snow is expected in some areas – and potentially some thunder.
According to the Met Office, the afternoon will be bright and cold in most parts, with blustery winds and spells of sunshine, despite some showers which at times will fall as hail and snow.
andy gregory31 March 2022 12:31
Temperatures to rise to 8C in London today despite snow
Despite the flurries of snow experienced in London this morning, temperatures in the capital – and elsewhere – are expected to rise as high as 8C later today.
Indeed, the Met Office forecast paints a slightly milder picture across much of the UK this afternoon, with climes of 8C predicted along the south coast and in Belfast, and temperatures expected to reach just 1C shy of that in Stranraer and Tiree.
However, conditions are again expected to plunge back to freezing in many parts of the country tonight.
andy gregory31 March 2022 12:13
Here are a few images of the snow in England captured by photojournalists this morning:
andy gregory31 March 2022 11:55
Three traffic accidents reported on same road in Derbyshire
Snow and ice on the A61 led to three separate crashes, according to the Derby Roads Policing Unit.
Nobody was injured in the accidents, police said.
andy gregory31 March 2022 11:36
Motorists in northeast England urged to give gritters space on roads
Gritters were out in force overnight as temperatures plummeted.
National Highways urged motorists in northeast England to take care if traveling on Thursday morning, writing on Twitter: “We have gritting resources out on all our routes in the North East.
“They have been treating and ploughing as needed since 10pm last night and continue to work to clear any lying snow. Please give them space to work and take care if out and about this morning.”
andy gregory31 March 2022 11:34
Snow reported as far south as London
While the heaviest of the snow appears to have fallen in northern England, there have been reports of flurries hitting as far south as the capital.
And in its current forecast for London and southeast England, the Met Office warns of “blustery winter showers for many through the day”, with “hail, sleet and further brief snow in places”.
Here are some of the reports of snow from Londoners on Twitter, including Eastern Eye reporter Sophie Wallace:
andy gregory31 March 2022 11:23