UK long range weather forecast: Will March see snow? Latest snow maps

Unsettled weather is continuing across the UK this week and into the weekend, with Met Office warnings in place across four days. These warnings are for rain, wind, snow and ice, but will March see snow this year?

A deep low-pressure system is continuing to see the UK hit by rain and wind, with warnings spanning four days.

From Friday through to Monday wind, rain, snow and ice warnings are in place.

Chief forecaster at the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: “Another deep low-pressure system early next week provides a continuation of the extremely unsettled period the UK has endured.

“With further rain in the forecast over the coming days, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.

“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”

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But will it snow in March?

Looking forward to March the weather forecast is uncertain as the weather can change rapidly.

However, according to the Met Office’s long-range forecast, unsettled and wintry conditions are expected to continue from February 25 into March 5, with rain, and wind.

Rain is forecast to be heaviest over western and northwestern areas, in particular over the hills.

There are also risks of hail and thunder, with snow at times over northern hills.

Temperatures will generally be around average, but above in the south.

Some brief quieter, colder spells are also possible later in the period, especially in southern and eastern areas, these bringing some overnight frost and patchy fog in places.

Elsewhere will continue to see spells of wet and windy weather.

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According to Netweather snow risk charts, the first week of March will see heavy snow in some areas.

From March 1 through to March 7, heavy snow can be seen on the charts spanning the entire UK.

Snow for London looks particularly heavy on March 4, with red areas of thick snow shown on the maps.

On Saturday, March 7 the Netweather snow risk maps show thick, heavy snow across much of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Met Office snow warnings this weekend

On Saturday there is a Met Office weather warning for snow and ice in place from 3am until 9pm the same day.

This is for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar and Strathclyde.

The Met Office warns: “Showers will turn increasing wintry overnight and through Saturday with snow beginning to settle away from the west coast.

Around two to four inches of snow are forecast above 300m.

The Met Office adds: “Icy patches will be an additional hazard along with some strong, gusty winds.”

Snow and ice could cause some disruption to journey times by bus, road and rail and drivers should take care as untreated roads may have icy patches.

There is also a risk of some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

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