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With Spring pretty much on the doorstep, thought it was time to unleash a fresh new Midlands thread. Please continue your discussions about the weather in the Midlands, here. :)

It's that time when snow becomes increasingly less likely, (but still possible), and warmer and perhaps thundery weather begins to take hold. Buds open out, trees get greener, flowers bloom and there's that familiar smell of cut grass. Going out and about on walks while taking in that fresh Spring air becomes a real treat.

Hopefully this will be a Spring to bring a proper mix bag of weather with thunderstorms, plumes, warm sunny days, wintry mix of showers, some frosty mornings, and a few odd heavy and/or blustery rain events. It does looks as though that the next few days will see some longer spells of rain mixed in with some blustery showers as the models show Low Pressure in the Atlantic invading us to the North-West. Nothing perhaps too warm with the rain and showers helping to keep it fairly cool at times. In between showers, however, it could feel quite pleasant in sunnier spells. With the 500mb thicknesses looking fairly low with the 850 hPa temperatures looking to get below 0*C at times, then there's certainly a chance for some thundery showers perhaps with a chance of hail. Some hints on models, such as the GFS, that some kind of mid-Atlantic ridge could then topple towards us (maybe allowing a chilly Northerly beforehand) and bring a less unsettled spell again. However, it could just be brief and there's always a risk of the mid-Atlantic ridge (if it happens) building a little too far North-East bringing us an Easterly feed. Mind you, the ridge could just get knocked into mainland Europe with heights rising in that area and maybe allow the first plume-like spell of the season (which admittedly would be nice). Little too far out to worry about at the moment, though.

I think what ever does happen, fingers crossed Spring 2016 will be one that delivers for the Midlands, especially for those of you who were let down by uninviting Winter 2015/16. :good:

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51 minutes ago, cyclonic happiness said:

Nasty squall about to hit our area, it's already pretty rough, so this should be vicious!

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Just had heavy rain and wind thought it was tornado !

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Tomorrow morning looks pretty nasty. Maybe even some sleet/wet snow for eastern parts of Wales and parts of the West Midlands on higher ground for a time around 6-9am. MO Symbols and text forecasts mentioning this. Thankfully a better afternoon in store. :)

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1 minute ago, snowangel32 said:

Met office currently saying 8c here and rain how wrong can they be. Still snowing here but not sticking due to torrential rain last night.

It may yet stick for a short while, it is affecting the M54 and this pic is just north of Shrewsbury at 100 metres asl -

 

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Just took a drive up to Crich which is at around 900-950ft asl and it was snowing there. A thin dusting on the ground but plenty of thick flakes and a strong wind for added effect.

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Last night's heavy rain ( and snow) made yesterday the wettest March day on record here ( since 1977) with 46.5 mm, the previous record for March was 37.7 mm on the 21st in 1981.

2cm of lying snow at 0730 g.m.t and more than half cover lasted until 0900 g.m.t at 300m. Almost all of it has gone now though.

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Well what a morning. Torrential rain gave way to torrential snow for a time. Massive flakes and left a small dusting. All gone of course now but a nice surprise. The MO did mention hill snow but wasn't expecting anything here. No more now please, time for the warmth now. :D

Quite a lot of road flooding this morning though. 

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