Snow forecast maps: Every location that will see snow as icy snap persists

Met Office forecasts cold conditions before weather front moves in

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After beginning 2022 with the warmest conditions on record, the UK saw temperatures plummet to more seasonable lows last week. Snow hasn’t fallen just yet, but temperatures have certainly felt wintery, with lows of -6C in some parts, and extremely cold weather expected to continue with the possibility of snow.

A cold weather alert is in place for parts of the east, southeast and southwest for the early part of this week, expiring at 9am on Wednesday.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is encouraging people to “stay warm and look out for those most at risk as freezing conditions persist”.

Temperatures are expected to briefly recover after this initial cold snap before plummeting again as we head into February.

Snow is becoming an increasing possibility for much of the nation as forecasts develop, with some forecasters showing a full blanket of snow for the British Isles.

As you can see from the map below, WX Charts from the Met Desk has forecast the entire UK with a chance of snow on Monday, January 31.

Netweather agrees that Monday, January 31 looks set to be snowy, but is less widespread in its forecasting.

According to the Met Office, however, snow is only really likely on northern high ground in the early parts of February.

The Met Office said: “Early February is likely to see a continuation of a north/south split with more settled and cloudy weather expected in the south, and generally drier than average, while the north will be more changeable, milder, with some spells of rain…any snow [is] likely to be restricted to high ground in the north.”

But first, the UK will battle through the ongoing icy snap which has seen widespread frost and ice.

The UK saw temperatures plummet below -6C in some parts over the weekend.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Neil Armstrong, said: “With the extent of overnight cloud increasing in many places across the UK, the forecast shows that frost and sub-zero temperatures will become more confined to areas with clearer skies for the next few days, notably sheltered parts of Wales, southern and eastern England, and parts of eastern Scotland.”

But while things are cold, they have been fairly calm, without strong winds or rain.

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Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud told The Independent: “It’s dry and quite pleasant out there for many people.

“Gradually we get a front trying to push south and east across the country, but it’s not really until the end of the week that it starts to make progress.

“For most of the country, it will be dry until Wednesday and probably not wet until Thursday.”

The forecaster predicted the mercury could drop slightly on Monday to 6C in the south and 8-9C in the north, but daytime temperatures will rise again to 7C in parts of England and Wales on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8C in Belfast.

Temperatures will generally stay above freezing overnight in the coming days.

Mr Stroud said the weather was expected to become more unsettled as we move into February – but that there is “nothing to indicate we are heading towards anything noteworthy”.

He said: “We are expecting the settled conditions to continue up until the change in the month, especially across the south.

“As we venture into February, we are expecting the weather to change slightly more unsettled but at the moment generally temperatures near or around average for the time of year.

“For the majority of the country, there’s no indication that that [snow] is what we are heading towards. There’s always a risk but it’s most likely across the Highlands.”

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