Ice, frost, snow showers and sunshine, a cold weekend to come

24th November 2017 08:36

Ice, frost, snow showers and sunshine, a cold weekend to come

We are beginning to feel a flow of air from the Arctic, it will feel colder in the wind and the frost will return with ice in the north today. There will be snow showers in the far northwest and wintry flurries for northern and western hills. Saturday looks really chilly.

It is colder this morning and there is an ice warning from the Met Office for northern Britain and Northern Ireland. The gritters have been out but there still could be icy patches on untreated surfaces. There are some snow showers too.

Met Office - Showers across northern and western Scotland are expected to bring further snowfall with 1-2 cm possible to low levels, and 2-5 cm above around 200 m. Across Northern Ireland and northern England, snow will be confined to higher routes, but icy patches are likely where showers leave surfaces wet.

There will be a lot of cold, dry and bright weather around over the next few days. Away from the west or northwest flow, which will bring in the showers, there will be plenty of fair weather.

However, a low pressure lurks away to the NE and will bring strong winds to Scotland and NE England and around this low bands of showers will move in, as trough lines or occlusions. When one of these passes by, it will bring rain, snow to higher ground and often an unpleasant mix of cold slushy wetness. It is hard to forecast when these lines will come through, apart from watching them move on the Netweather Radar. So, any weather apps my show showers, because the potential is there for today and tomorrow but don’t rely on the timings.

A few cms are appearing on the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Peak District, western Pennines and Cumbrian Fells. Some drier weather will be very welcome for NW England are recent flooding. There may even be a dusting for the moors of the SW, if one line of showers moves through tonight.

This morning there is a line of rain, sleet and hill snow pushing in from the NW particularly over western Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is cold with many areas around 2 or 3C but there are bright spells coming through the cloud. Daytime temperatures will reach 8 or 9C in the south with light winds, feeling cooler in the north at 5 or 6 with moderate to fresh west wind.

It will be a cold start for Saturday with frost away from northern Scotland. Here there will be fresh to strong W/NW winds with gusts around 60mph for the Northern Isles into the Moray Firth. It will feel very cold,. More of a breeze will pick up through the UK on Saturday and just add to the chill. Northwest and western counties continue to see rain, sleet and snow showers moving through and at times for the far north of Britain a longer spell of rain and hill snow. For most the cold sunshine continues with a chill in the air. Daytime temperatures will only reach 5 to 7C. If you are off Christmas shopping or just extending Black Friday (like most of the shops) then you will have a big coat to carry around, outdoors freezing, indoors stuffy and warm.

Saturday night will be cold once more with strong winds over Grampian and probably enough of a breeze to keep the frost away in the north. Things change a little through Sunday as the high pressure out in the Atlantic edges in a bit. There is a brief ridge of high pressure with westerly winds and the showers will be subdued for a time. It will be sunny but cold. High cloud will begin to flow in from the west as a frontal band heads our way. This could bring milder air to N.Ireland to end the weekend. The rain on the front will come up against the cold air and so there could be wet snow for a time, again snow over the Scottish mountains. The ski resorts will be pleased

A spell of wet and blustery weather overnight which could still be lingering for Monday morning over southern Britain. The start of the working week looks more unsettled but then another blast of cold could come down from north next week.

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