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My drive home from work tonight! Shame it didn't stick around!

Snowing here, and now settling quite rapidly. Who'd have thought it.   

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Disappointing morning after yesterdays glorious weather, temps rose during the night and are now 4.7c  with heavy grey skies and an overall miserableness to the day.

What is more disappointing is the model output so far today. Sunday's northwesterly has been downgraded and the outlook after that looks very uninspiring for cold.

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64 years ago today, 15cm of snow fell at Manchester. Followed 10 days later, a fall of 18cm and a fall of 15cm in the 30th. December 1950 was a very snowy December for Manchester and NW England, generally.

15cm falls of snow are almost unheard of these days.

I'd be happy to just see one this side of Christmas.

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Not sure why the pessimism for snow prospects from some, if anything the models continue to increase the chances of snow showers increasingly down to lower levels from Sunday onwards..

I'm confident of seeing snow on Sunday, maybe no more than a covering but it's a start.

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Not sure why the pessimism for snow prospects from some, if anything the models continue to increase the chances of snow showers increasingly down to lower levels from Sunday onwards..

sorry Damian, will try to be more optimistic :)...
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sorry Damian, will try to be more optimistic :)...

 

Evaporative cooling is the key factor in such set ups, uppers on Sunday evening and into Monday look conducive for snowfall down to quite modest levels probably about 200 metres as a safe bet, but where showers are very heavy this  will cool the air further and could produce a wintry mix down to lower levels. Must admit coastal areas will probably be on the wrong side of marginal, but inland parts of Central and East Lakes are well placed to benefit from the cooling effect of air being forced to rise above the fells.

 

Its good to have something to look towards - the charts are very reminiscent of the first half of Dec 2011 which produced copious snowfall on the fells and on occasion heavy snow showers down to quite low levels albeit only very temporary slushy snow cover.

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Evaporative cooling is the key factor in such set ups, uppers on Sunday evening and into Monday look conducive for snowfall down to quite modest levels probably about 200 metres as a safe bet, but where showers are very heavy this  will cool the air further and could produce a wintry mix down to lower levels. Must admit coastal areas will probably be on the wrong side of marginal, but inland parts of Central and East Lakes are well placed to benefit from the cooling effect of air being forced to rise above the fells.

 

Its good to have something to look towards - the charts are very reminiscent of the first half of Dec 2011 which produced copious snowfall on the fells and on occasion heavy snow showers down to quite low levels albeit only very temporary slushy snow cover.

 

Sounds great, always do well from evaporative cooling on this side of the Lakes. I'm quietly confidant of waking up to some snow Monday morning. Looks to be a trough moving through in the early hours which should deliver the goods, can be a bit hit and miss with just showers on a NW wind for these parts. Fingers crossed, even a decent covering on the fells would be nice, not seen any all autumn bar a sprinkling on Hellvelyn. 

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Mixture of rain,sleet and hail here right now in Chorley :-)

Update: the shower left behind a dusting of hail on the ground, then after a few mins it melted in the sunshine.

Its quite a nice start of the day so far.

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Hailstone shower just now, nothing major but nice to see - feels chilly in the wind.  Might have another few chances before the showers shift southwards in the next few hours.  Cold night tonight.

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Same here, jad one this morning and one an hour ago with lightening i think! Road and grass was white over just as we were hanging our light santa snowman id bought for the window and spray snow, the backdrop of hail was perfect for it lol

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