Snow for parts of the UK

UPDATED 17/02/2016

A frontal system interacting with cold air across the UK will bring a risk of wintry weather further south over the next 24 hours or so, with rain, sleet and snow in the forecast for some parts and also a risk of ice.

A slow moving weather front brought gale force winds and outbreaks of heavy rain across western Scotland on Tuesday. Overnight there was some snow across parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland and this band of rain with some sleet and snow will continue to move southeastwards through Wednesday. A number of Yellow National Severe Weather Warnings are in place.

Through daylight hours, some sleet and snow may affect upland parts of northern England and Wales, but as we move into Wednesday night and early Thursday, there is an increasing risk of a mix of rain, sleet and snow further south too. This is likely to affect some low-lying areas in central and eastern England, with a slushy covering in places, while a few centimetres may accumulate over higher ground such as the Lincolnshire Wolds and Chiltern Hills. Clear skies will follow from the northwest, with some wintry showers and a risk of ice

In these finely-balanced rain-snow situations there is often quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding the main areas to be affected, as well as how much will fall as rain and how much as snow. These wintry conditions could bring localised disruption to travel, so it’s a good idea to stay in touch with the forecasts and warnings on our website.

The weather front will gradually ease away southeastwards on Thursday, and after a brief quieter and still cold interlude the weather is expected to become generally more unsettled, and much milder, especially in southern parts.

Keep up to date with the latest forecast information and the National Severe Weather Warnings on our forecast pages, Facebook and Twitter sites and via our Weather App.

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3 Responses to Snow for parts of the UK

  1. xmetman says:

    As far as I can see from looking at the observations, none of the anticipated sleet or snow that was anticipated either on Wednesday evening or early on Thursday materialised. It’s a shame that the Met Office never left a SAMOS at what was RAF Binbrook, because if it snowed anywhere that night it would have been there!

    I think we can put this down as a miss I think.

  2. xmetman says:

    I notice that you never posted the item “Wet and warm winter 2016” as a blog, is that deliberate?

    At one time that would have always been included as a blog and I just wonder if the Met Office and blogging are going their separate ways?

    Keeping blogs about the weather and climate of the UK out of this blog would certainly make it a quieter place, as would any blogs about climate change, and although cyclones in Fiji are very interesting they are not that relevant to people in the UK.

    • Hello Bruce
      We have no hard and fast rules for where we publish articles about statistics, however as a general rule of thumb the end of month stats would feature on the website rather than this blog. The publication of any article be it blog or news article would depend on the newsworthiness of the information – for example we probably wouldn’t publish an article of the stats we all close to average.

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