Significant Snow This Weekend
It is looking increasingly likely that parts of the UK will see a spell of significant snowfall over the weekend, as a weather front moves in off the Atlantic and bumps into the cold air across the UK. A spell of snow is likely across many areas during Saturday as the front moves in, it will turn back to rain across western and northwestern areas. However, as the front arrives across eastern areas Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday it could become slow moving, so it may stay as snow here which could continue to fall until Sunday evening before finally clearing. Some uncertainty still, but there is potential for parts of The Midlands and eastern England, including London and the SE, to see significant snowfall from Saturday evening and through Sunday which would cause some travel disruption.
Back to today, bitterly cold air continues to grip much Europe as it has done all week, with overnight temperatures dropping to -24C in Moscow and -15C in Warsaw, with temperatures below -30C in rural spots over eastern Europe. It may not of been quite so cold across the UK overnight, but many areas were below freezing at dawn - with temperatures as low as -6C across western areas of England. The cold air is also rather dry at the moment, so it will be another dry, sunny but cold day for most areas. However, we do have a finger of moisture feeding in across the North Sea from Denmark towards eastern England, which will feed in a streamer of snow showers across Lincolnshire, the Wash and inland towards the East Midlands this morning, giving a covering of a few cms in places. Snow will ease this afternoon, but we will see more in the way of cloud generally across NE England down to East Anglia this afternoon, bringing some light snow at times. Elsewhere a dry and sunny afternoon, but still a nagging easterly wind towards the south, with temperatures generally only reaching 1 or 2C at best, so wrap up warm!
Overnight, some snow showers feeding in across eastern areas of England, otherwise dry with clear skies elsewhere, which will lead to a harsh frost, with temperatures falling as low as -10 to -12C across some rural spots in western England and Wales. For Friday, still some snow showers across eastern parts of England, otherwise for much of the UK it will be another dry, sunny but very cold day with temperatures similar to today's values.
Then watch out for snow over the weekend, Netweather will keep you updated via our alerts and frontpage updates.
2nd February 2012 08:57 Updated: 2nd February 2012 08:57