UK weather: Snow and cold conditions forecast by Met Office
Two Met Office weather warnings have been issued on Saturday along the length of Britain, and most of Scotland and England are affected by the warnings. Much of Scotland, northern England and the Midlands is under a yellow snow and ice warning on Saturday between midnight and 6pm. The Met Office is warning up to eight inches, or 20cm, of snow could accumulate over higher ground in some areas under this warning.
The snow and ice warning covers most of Scotland, and stretches through northern England down to near Birmingham.
The Met Office snow and ice warning reads: “An area of rain pushing eastwards is expected to turn to snow in places.
“Snow is likely to fall to low levels over east Scotland and northern England for a time on the leading edge of the rain before the snow level rises to above 300-400m by mid morning.
“1-3cm is possible at low levels here but is more likely at higher elevations where 5-10cm of snow may accumulate above 200m and possibly 20cm on highest routes.
“Icy stretches are also likely with rain and wet snow falling onto sub zero surfaces at times.
“Further south the most likely scenario is for rain though there is a small chance of snow falling down to 150m or so leading to 2-5cm in places.”
A yellow snow warning has also been issued on Saturday for London and parts of the South East and eastern England.
Some of the counties affected by the warning including Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire and Sussex.
The yellow snow warning is active from 3am until 8pm on Saturday, with the Met Office warning as much as 10cm, or four inches, of snow could fall over areas under warning.
The warning reads: “An area of rain will move eastwards through Saturday and is likely to turn to snow as this runs into cold air over east and southeast England.
“Snow is likely to fall to low levels on the leading edge of the rain area before snow levels gradually rise for many from the west.
“East Anglia and parts of Kent and Sussex look most at risk of seeing snow for longest. 1-3cm of snow may fall fairly widely over these areas with 5-10cm possible in places, mostly over parts of East Anglia and any higher ground.
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“Given recent wet weather and high river levels with rain and snow falling, then melting some flooding impacts are also possible.”
The Met Office’s weather forecast for the UK this weekend states some areas may avoid heavy snow this weekend.
The forecast for Saturday reads: “Rain, sleet and snow in some eastern areas for a time, giving a cover of snow in places.
“Brighter weather following from west, with scattered showers in west and northwest.”
The Met Office outlook for Sunday to Tuesday states: “Dry with sunny spells for most, showers and rain for the northwest.
“Rain arriving Tuesday for all but the far north. Cold north, mild in the south. Generally breezy.”
As 2021 is already off to a chilly start, bookmakers Ladbrokes make it a 1/3 shot for this to be the coldest winter ever, and 3/1 for winter 2021 to be the wettest on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Temperatures are tumbling and with torrential rain now battering Britain, there’s every chance this goes down as the wettest winter ever.”
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