Snow has already battered the country with some parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland seeing the worst of the wintry weather. The Met Office has also placed a series of weather warnings in place for snow and ice with Britons bracing for an onslaught of cold conditions. And, according to the latest weather charts, which analysis the probability of snowfall, the whole of the country is at risk of wintry weather this week.
The WxCharts turn red for the vast majority of England and Wales on Tuesday evening, and into the early hours of Wednesday morning, indicating an extremely high risk of wintry weather.
BBC Weather wrote on Twitter: “Plenty of showers around this afternoon with more to come through the rest of the day and overnight.
“They’ll clump together at times to bring longer spells of rain, sleet, hail or snow. Potential for thunder and lightning too.”
Through Wednesday evening and into Thursday Wxcharts showed Northern Ireland, northern England and the majority of Scotland turn red – suggesting snow will hit.
But, forecasters were quick to warn of a further system moving across the south of the country on Wednesday evening and into Thursday which could bring snow causing chaos during rush hour.
BBC Weather forecast Simon King wrote on Twitter: “We’re keeping an eye on a weather system moving in across southern parts on Wednesday night / Thursday morning.
“While most here will get rain, there is a risk of it turning to snow even at low levels around rush hour. Stay tuned!”
Channel 4 News weather forecaster Liam Dutton, added: “Need to keep an eye on possibility for some snow in southern parts of England and Wales early on Thursday.
“Still uncertain, but low pressure bumping into cold air could give some snow – especially on hills.
“It depends on path of low and intensity of precipitation. Stay tuned!”
It comes as the Met Office has a series of weather warnings in place for wintry showers and icy stretches likely to cause problems on the roads.
The yellow weather warning is in effect from 8pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday across Scotland, Northern Ireland and western England.
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Wherever you are, even if you have got the sunshine, it feels pretty chilly out there
Met Office’s Alex Deakin
The warning reads: “Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
“Some roads and railways may be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
Snow depth charts also indicated some parts of Scotland could see as much as 17cm or six inches of snow through Tuesday.
Looking towards Wednesday, the Met Office forecast warns of another “cold, breezy and fairly unsettled day with sunny spells and wintry showers”.
It adds: “Heaviest and most frequent showers in the northwest whilst some southern parts see fewer showers than today.”
The Met Office’s outlook for Thursday to Saturday warns of rain, hill snow, in the south, and wintry showers elsewhere.
Reading: “Cloudy, outbreaks of rain and very windy on Friday and Saturday morning, sun and wintry showers later.”
Explaining conditions on Tuesday, meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Plenty of winter sunshine around today, but also plenty of wintry showers, a mix of rain, sleet, hail and in places, yes some snow showers keep on coming.
“Wherever you are, even if you have got the sunshine, it feels pretty chilly out there. The wind is not as strong but it does feel cold in the breeze.”
The forecaster added wintry conditions were likely to come down to lower levels across the west of the country in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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