Snow brings disruption in the east as ice becomes hazard into next week

Credit: Marco Anderson

As forecast, an Atlantic weather front pushed across the UK through yesterday and overnight bringing snowfall to many parts of the UK. As expected the worst of the conditions were across the east of the UK, where the cold air from the continent was able to hold on, leading to significant snowfall, especially across South East England, East Anglia, Lincolnshire, parts of the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and the southern uplands of Scotland.

Further west, although there was some snow for a time, the milder air, associated with the weather front soon turned the snow to rain, leaving a grey rather than a white start to Sunday.

As the snow and rain moved away, skies cleared allowing it to turn cold again with widespread ice in many conditions. The Met Office still have an Amber warning for icy roads in force at the moment valid until midday today. Overnight lows got to -9.8C at Bramham, -8.9C at Church Fenton, -8.4C at Topcliffe, Dishforth and Leeming, -7.3C at Church Fenton. -7.2C at Linton-on-Ouse and -6.2C at Ravensworth.

The table below shows snow depths recorded at 9 am this morning.

Location Snow Depth ( CM)
Church Fenton 15
Wattisham 15
Marham 14
Conningsby 12
Cranwell 12
Leek, Thorncliffe 11
Herstmonceux 11
Northolt 10
Bingley 10
High Wycombe 9
Wittering 9
Eskdalemuir 8
Waddington 8
Coleshill 7
Heathrow 7
Nottingham, Watnall 7
Charlwood 6
Leconfield 6
Brize Norton 4
Woodford 4
Leeming 4
Loftus 4
Benson 3
Odiham 3
Albemarle 3
Odiham 3
Larkhill 3
Sennybridge 3
Andrewsfield 2
Hereford, Credenhill 2
Middle Wallop 2
Shawbury 1
Manston 1

The band of snow has now cleared the far southeast of England and for the rest of the day it will remain largely dry, but cold in the east, Further west it will turn cloudier with some outbreaks of rain, with some sleet or snow on higher ground. Overnight, cloud and a little rain will slowly spread to many places, although eastern Scotland will probably remain dry. Cold and foggy, especially in areas with lying snow and frosty in the east.

Heading into next week there is only a little snow in the forecast at the moment. Monday will be rather cold with ice likely to be a hazard especially in the southeast. It will then be generally cloudy with only occasional brighter intervals. Patchy rain will affect many areas, this mainly light. It will stay very cold in the east and southeast, but will be less cold elsewhere.

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