UK long-range forecast: Met Office warns

UK Weather: Chart forecasts heavy snow and rain

Met Office weather forecasters have levelled a selection of warnings for the UK this week. Starting today, Scotland has an amber warning for snow in place, with London and much of the east coast to follow towards the weekend. In their long-range forecast, the agency added people would continue to see conditions like these towards the end of the month.

Current warnings from the Met Office expect widespread snowfall in the UK this weekend.

Starting today, people will experience potential travel difficulties with isolated but heavy snow in Scotland.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the area, with a likely “high impact” from the incoming conditions.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said the country could see up to 30cm of snowfall in several regions.

The conditions will gradually move south, eventually covering the east coast down to London.

Mr Gunderson’s deputy Mark Sidaway said “blizzard conditions” may follow as the weather moves to lower levels.

Mr Sidaway said: “Into the weekend snow will continue across much of Scotland, and is likely to increasingly fall to low levels before beginning to move south into northern and eastern England.

“We are likely to see some very large accumulations across higher parts of Scotland especially, with strong winds leading to significant drifting and blizzard conditions at times.”

“Although amounts of snow across England are likely to be less than seen across Scotland, the potential is there for some heavy snow across eastern England later in the weekend, and perhaps elsewhere in southern Britain as we head into next week, with very cold easterly winds.”

While the bulk of snow warnings wear off by next week, long-range forecasts suggest the current pattern will wear on until near the end of the month.

The Met Office weather forecast covering February 9 – the day after most warnings end – to February 18, predicts of much the same.

While much of the country will remain cold, a distinct east-west divide will open up in terms of weather.

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The east will continue to see “organised” rain and snow, the agency said, while the west has the best chance of some sun.

People living in the east continue to run the risk of encountering “wintry hazards”.

The forecast reads: “A cold start to the period with significant wind-chill, especially in eastern areas.

“Snow showers are likely across eastern Scotland, England, and perhaps eastern Northern Ireland, whilst plenty of bright sunny weather is likely further west.”

“There is a small chance of a period of heavy snowfall across parts of southern England and Wales, most likely on Tuesday.

“As the period progresses, remaining cold or very cold with brisk winds.

“The best of any sunshine will be in the west.

“Snow showers and attendant wintry hazards continuing to affect eastern UK at times, especially at first, whilst the risk of organised rain and snow pushing into the south-west and across southern UK will slowly increase.”

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