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Snow forecast: Chart shows WALL of snow sweep across UK in ‘big event’ before -7C freeze
January 25, 2021
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New weather charts from Weather Outlook and WXCharts reveal a northeasterly Atlantic system from the Irish Sea will slam across the UK, before temperatures plunge this weekend. A band of snow will fall across northern Scotland and England, a distance of roughly 450 miles, on January 28.
Writing on Twitter alongside the weather chart, Brian Gaze from the Weather Outlook said: “12z Arpege and GEM are adding a lot of uncertainty to the forecast for the coming week.
“Certainly an element of it’s a ‘lucky dip’. Arpege going for a big snow event in much of the UK on Thursday.”
WXCharts’ snow depth models predict 8cm (3 inches) of snow in northern England – with much heavier snow forecast in Scotland.
Snow depth in the Scottish Highlands could reach 37cm (14 inches) on Thursday – before rising to 40cm (17 inches) midway through the following week.
And temperatures will also plummet to as low as -7C in Scotland this weekend on January 31st.
Lows of -1C and 0C will also hit the majority of England and Wales that same weekend.
A Met Office spokesperson told Express.co.uk “wintry conditions” were forecasted for the weekend and into next week across the UK.
They added: “Occasional colder northerly winds are possible, bringing a chance of snowfall, likely confined to far northern parts.”
And Jo Farrow at Netweather said: “There will be a succession of Atlantic fronts moving in, bringing rain and also milder air, so snowmelt will add to the already sensitive ground and river situation along with the extra rain.
“By midweek temperatures in Northern Ireland and the southern half of Britain will be at 7 or 8C, even higher for southern Britain by Thursday.
“The falling rain will speed up the melt of any lying snow. “
Meanwhile, tonight will be an unsettled and overcast evening with thick cloud cover and outbreaks of rain which will be mostly light across southern Britain but will fall as snow across northern England and Scotland.
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Rain and snow will turn increasingly patchy overnight before clearing to become mostly dry but cloudy by dawn.
Temperatures overnight tonight are expected to plunge as low as -1C in northern Scotland while in the south, the mercury will be as high as 2C in the south, the charts reveal.
It comes as Wales saw its coldest night of the year so far as the temperature dropped to -9.7C at Sennybridge in Powys on Sunday night.
The coldest temperature recorded in the UK overnight was at Katesbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland, where the mercury fell to minus 10.4C.
The Met Office said it was the “snowiest spell” the UK had experienced since late January 2019, when 20 weather stations in England recorded accumulations of 5cm or more for three days consecutively.