UK weather: Met Office issue warning for ‘persistent’ snow
WXCharts has warned a snowstorm will hit the UK on Sunday 7, spreading from Plymouth in the South West to Inverness in the far north of Scotland. Usually, the worst of the conditions are seen in the north of Scotland but, according to charts, even the south of England will see snowfall as deep as 15 inches (40cm) on February 7. Due to an icy weather front moving across the UK, temperatures will also plummet to sub-zero levels from February 7.
In graphs from WX Charts, the colossal weather front will hit Scotland before spreading throughout the rest of the UK on Sunday will see temperatures drop from near to 10C (50F) to freezing in 24 hours.
Although Scotland will see snow levels approaching 29 inches (75cm), the North of England, Midlands and the South East will also get hit by snow levels ranging between 10-15cm (3.9 inches to 5.9) at 3pm on Sunday.
From the early hours of Sunday, these conditions will become progressively worse before covering the entire country by Monday morning.
Combined with heavy snow, many areas across the country could witness temperatures as low as -5C (23F) from 6am onwards on Sunday.
The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in Scotland, the Midlands and the North and South East of England.
From February 8 to 10 these conditions worsen with snow levels exceeding 7.8 inches (20cm) for areas in the North of England and Midlands.
Due to the large snowfall, the mercury is expected to fall to close to -10C for many areas in Wales, the far North and Midlands.
Conditions will further intensify from February 10 with areas in the Midlands seeing snow depth levels rising from 5.9-12.5 inches (15cm to 32cm) from Wednesday to Friday.
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These high levels of snow will also be replicated in Wales and the north of England with certain areas seeing levels rising to possible highs of 19.8 inches (50cm).
Throughout the 10-day onslaught, many areas will not see temperatures rise beyond -5C until February 13.
The worst of the bitter temperatures will be seen at 6am on Wednesday Feb 10, with the Midlands, Wales and Scotland seeing the mercury fall to -10c.
While temperatures will rise slightly, snow levels will remain 15cm to 30cm throughout from February 11 until 6am on February 14.
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The snow will not fade in England and Wales until February 17 with areas in the north seeing levels remain at 10cm between from February 15 to 17.
From Saturday, the Met Office states: “The very cold air which is currently in place across the north will spread southwestwards across the whole UK.
“Snowfall is highly likely, especially across many eastern areas.
“An area of high pressure looks to build to the north, and it will likely feel cold or very cold, especially in brisk easterly winds.
“Snow showers are possible across the country during the early part of the period, but most widespread and heaviest for northeastern areas.
“Drier weather to follow, with widespread overnight frosts, although wintry showers can still feed in from the east coast
“Any organised areas of cloud and precipitation arriving from the southwest will not progress very far into the country as a result of the high pressure.
“However, they can bring the potential for widespread snow across areas where they bump into cold air.
“Patches of ice and other disruptive wintry hazards remain a possibility for all areas.”
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