More snow today but the wintry spell is drawing to a close

Issued: 8th January 2021 09:45

More snow today but the wintry spell is drawing to a close

Another wintry day on the way today, with a cold night to follow but a change is on the way this weekend as milder air starts to make a return.

There's been another fall of snow for many parts of Scotland and Northern England again overnight though, with higher regions, in particular, seeing further accumulations. There are Met Office warnings across most of the UK for snow and ice which are valid through the remainder of the day. The Rain, sleet and snow will continue to move south and west through today, but it will be fading out as the day wears on. Beyond that, with clearing skies, there's going to be a widespread, hard frost with plenty of icy stretches likely on untreated surfaces. 

Cold tonight with icy stretches

The reason for the clearing of the showers, and clearing of the skies later today is a nose of high pressure moving in from the west across the country. As that sinks south into the weekend, west or southwest winds will bring milder air into the north of the UK first, before it spreads south later on. In the meantime, there will be a brief return of colder air to the northeast of Scotland, but that'll be shunted out of the way by Sunday as those milder winds set in everywhere. 

For England and Wales, Saturday will be a mostly dry day with just a few showers here and there near to the coasts. After a cold start, temperatures will struggle into the low single figures for many, and where any overnight fog patches linger in central and southern regions, it could well stay sub-zero all day. Scotland and to a lesser extent Northern Ireland will have a more cloudy picture with some outbreaks of rain and sleet with snow over the hills moving down from the northwest as those westerlies start to arrive. 

With that rain, sleet and hill snow, there'll also be more cloud, which will be moving south into the north of England later in the day with some outbreaks of rain following it into the evening and overnight. That cloud and patchy rain will continue sinking south too, but further south, with skies still clearer, another frost is likely, as it is for the north of Scotland behind the main band of cloud.

Overnight Saturday

Into Sunday, patchy rain, with some hill snow will continue to affect Scotland and perhaps Northern England at times. Elsewhere, it'll be drier but often cloudy with a few breaks here and there. Temperatures will range from 4-7c, so still not especially mild by any means, but edging up a touch from where we've been. 

Into next week, with Atlantic systems starting to make inroads, it'll be a fairly unsettled picture with showers or longer spells of rain moving through at times. Colder air will still be there or thereabouts across the north and especially northeast of the country, so some further sleet and hill snow is likely at times in Northern England and more particularly Scotland. 

Tags: UK Weather  Snow

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