UK snow forecast: 25 inches of heavy snow to blanket UK in HOURS as polar bomb strikes
BBC Weather: UK set for ‘icy start’ to New Year
Bitterly cold air from the Arctic is predicted to hit the UK as 2021 begins, as maps from WXCHARTS show northerly winds sweeping over the UK. The low pressure is expected to bring “disruptive” wintry weather during the first part of January, including heavy snow over a 16 day period from January 1 to 16. The latest snow risk maps from Net Weather also show intensifying swirls of red and green spreading down the UK, suggesting there is a polar plunge heading for Britain. Scotland is expected to be hit with brutal levels of snowfall from Friday, January 1, with 25 inches forecast to settle, according to WXCHARTS’ snow depth charts.
On Tuesday, central Scotland will be gripped by 24 inches and north-west parts of England, including Carlisle, could also see five inches of snow.
Next Sunday may see deep levels of 26 inches settling in Scotland, with at least 15 inches of further snow lingering until Saturday, January 16.
Temperatures are also predicted to plunge to a bitterly cold -10C in central Scotland on Wednesday, the maps show.
The rest of England is forecast with freezing single figures over the next couple of weeks, with lows of -2C hitting the north-west, including Liverpool and Cumbria next Saturday.
Southern areas including London and Southampton are also preparing for 0C to average over the next week.
Gavin Partridge, the owner of GavsWeatherVids, warned of heavy snow gripping the UK at the start of January.
He said: “The cold weather continues through the weekend. Saturday should have a lot of dry weather with sunny spells and just a few wintry showers around western coastal areas. Cold with frost and freezing early and late.
“Sunday will be similar with most places staying dry and sunny but with easterly winds picking up across England and Wales we may see more in the way of wintry showers in the east.
“Cold weather goes on into next week. Monday and Tuesday will have strong east or northeasterly winds with a lot of clouds and light rain, sleet or snow for England and Wales.
“The weather could start to turn more unsettled through the middle and second half of next week with a growing risk of heavy rain and snow.
“We may also start to bring in some colder upper air temperatures which would see the cold spell intensifying and a greater risk of significant and disruptive snow.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Katie Greening, senior meteorologist at The Weather Company added northern and eastern parts of the UK could see the heaviest snow falls.
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She said: “It’ll remain on the colder side of average next week across the British Isles with sleet or snow showers streaming in off the North Sea, brought on a biting easterly breeze.
“Snow accumulations will be highest in northern and eastern Britain, while western Britain should be drier with cold and crisp winter sunshine.
“The cold outbreak is in response to a strong blocking pattern at higher latitudes which shuts down the strong Atlantic jet and pushes it further south, relative to normal.”
Brian Gaze at the Weather Outlook also said there may be “disruptive snow” next week.
He told Express.co.uk: “Next week winds will go into an easterly or northeasterly direction.
“It will stay cold with an increased risk of showers in eastern Britain. I expect them to bring a mix of rain, sleet and snow.
“Snow is most likely inland and over the hills where disruptive accumulations are possible.”
The BBC’s long-range forecast between Monday, January 4 and Sunday, January 10, suggested there will be a blast of cold air from the Arctic that will sweep towards the south of the UK.
The forecast said: “It will still be cold enough for showers to fall as sleet and snow, leading to additional accumulations in places. Frost, ice and freezing fog are all potential hazards.
“There is a chance that a new blast of cold air from the Arctic will sweep south in the second half of the week.”
The Met Office issued weather warnings for ice in the south west of England on Friday, including Cornwall and Plymouth.
The long-range forecast between Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 14, added: “Wintry hazards, particularly frost, are likely throughout the period, especially in the north and west. Patchy freezing fog is also likely in the northwest.
“There is a chance for more organised rain to develop, along with strong winds, but confidence on this is currently low.
“Temperatures remaining colder than average for this time of year.”
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