Heavy snow forecast: Britain set for 17 DAYS of snow from tonight – charts show -8 freeze
Terrifying weather charts show snowfall across the UK throughout the first half of February, with temperatures set to plunge to -8. Snow is expected from this evening until at least the 19th – with potential for more throughout the end of the month. Snow depth could hit over one metre in highland areas of Scotland, with places across the rest of the country also set for a blanket. WXCharts forecasts heavy snow across Scotland and northern parts of England from tonight. Snow depth could hit 13cm (5 inches) in the Yorkshire Dales, with Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle all getting a covering.
Snow could even fall as far south of Stoke this evening, where one or two centimetres are expected.
In Scotland, a dusting is also expected in Glasgow and Edinburgh – although the real snowfall will hit in the Highlands region.
There, up to 42cm (16.5 inches) could fall tonight, according to WXCharts.
The depths will increase as the week goes on, with maximum estimates of 50cm (19.6 inches) towards the weekend in the same area.
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WXCharts has warned snowfall could even hit 100cm (39 inches) in isolated areas by the weekend, with 116cm (45cm) by next Monday.
Temperatures are also set to plummet, with a low of -8C forecast in central Scotland tonight.
As the weekend approaches, most parts of northern England will experience lows of 0 degrees or -1.
By the start of next week, WXCharts warns of lows of -3C or -4C in northern England.
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At this stage, even southern England will be impacted, with lows of 1C, 0C or -1C across much of the region.
On February 8, much of the West Midlands will experience sub-zero conditions.
Forecasters said motorists who brave the roads are at risk of becoming stranded, while rail and air cancellations are likely.
Power cuts and disruption to mobile phone coverage are also expected, while rural communities face being cut off completely.
Train operator Northern is asking people not to travel on the Calder Valley route until further notice. An amber weather warning for snow is in force across much of South Yorkshire, and parts of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester which will last until 1pm on Wednesday.
Over the later half of the week, a yellow warning for snow is in place in northern Scotland until 6am on Saturday, potentially leading to rural communities being cut off.
Uncertainty does remain, however, regarding where the winter storm will hit.
Different projections for the UK show both the south-east and north-east being battered by unsettled conditions over the next 48 hours.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders the week would start of with snow in Scotland and the north of England.
He said: “5-10 cm could fall above 150m in Southern Scotland and northern England with the potential for 20 cm or more across the highest roads.
“As well as snow, a period of freezing rain is possible for parts of northern England.”
The Met said: “Further spells of snow, heavy at times, are expected to continue to affect parts of the far north of England and Scotland on Wednesday.
“Significant accumulations of 10 to 20 cm or more are possible over higher ground which could bring further disruption to travel.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “While the south of the UK hangs onto the milder air for much of this week as we approach the weekend, the area of low pressure responsible for the snow across the north of the UK will clear, allowing colder air to push south and west across much of the country.”
“Further snow is expected for most parts of Scotland on Friday, while Saturday will be cold for all.”
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