BBC Weather: UK to be hit by snow as temperatures drop
Widespread flooding and heavy rain triggered by the destructive Storm Christoph is set to be taken over by a deep freeze, with up to 19 inches (48cm) of snow and temperatures plummeting to lows of -10C. The Met Office has also issued four snow and ice warnings for the next 48 hours across more than 600 miles of the UK. The latest weather model shows widespread snow showers will cover large areas of the UK – from the far South East of England to the Scottish Highlands on Sunday evening.
Weather maps produced by WXcharts shows vast areas of the UK turning white, including the far south east corner of England, western England, the Midlands, Wales, the North and the whole of Scotland.
Overnight on Sunday, up to 19 inches (48cm) of snow is forecast in central areas of Scotland.
Wales is expected to see four inches (11cm), the North three inches (7cm) and just under an inch (2cm) in the South East.
An area of low pressure is set to begin moving across the UK from this evening with snow showers largely concentrated on north western parts of Scotland with up to 15 inches (39cm) expected.
Wintry showers will continue to move in a south westerly direction going into Saturday evening, with isolated wintry spells in South Wales, the Midlands and the North, before the dusting of snow becomes more widespread 24 hours later.
Cold-air pushing in from the Atlantic will see temperatures plunged to freezing and below across the entire country.
Mercury is forecast to fall to -7C in Scotland, -3C in the North and -1C in Wales and the South.
The low pressure system will see temperatures spiral further going into Sunday evening, as WXcharts turn ice blue.
Bone-chilling lows of -10C will be felt in central Scotland overnight on Sunday, with -4C in the North, and -2C in Wales and the South.
The Met Office has issued two yellow snow and ice warnings for most of the UK this evening.
The alert comes as sub-zero temperatures close in on already saturated ground caused by the heavy rains of Storm Christoph.
The yellow warning has been extended until at least 10.30am on Saturday, with only the north west of England and western parts of Scotland excluded.
The Met Office warns: “Showers will continue at times across many areas, these largely of rain and sleet at low levels across southern England and southern Wales and near coasts but will be of sleet and snow elsewhere.”
NetWeather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow said: “Through the weekend the very light winds continue although there will be northwest breeze for western coasts of Britain and around Northern Ireland on Saturday and the winds could pick up around this Sunday.
“There will be snow showers in the flow today and tomorrow.
“Flurries of snow passing by, heavier clusters or lines bringing icy rain or wet snow. By Saturday as the air gets colder the snow will be less wet.”
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Ms Farrow said snow showers will begin to move southwards and become more widespread on Sunday and warned the unsettled conditions could also bring the threat of more rain and thunder.
She added: “More wintry showers in the flow from the northwest with the risk of hail and thunder and then the uncertainty about Sunday.
“For many another cold, dry day but there will also be snow showers for Scotland.
“The low pressure skirting around the southwest, it could bring rain and snow over South West Britain, or along southern England.”
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