Snow is forecast to crash into the country towards the end of the month with “cold spells” expected before the start of February. According to the latest long-range weather charts, snow is expected to blitz the country right at the end of January. The snow charts, by Netweather, which look at the risk of snowfall, warns of a likely chance of the white stuff hitting on January 28.
The snow appears to sweep in a southeasterly direction from the north, before whipping right across the majority of the country.
The charts appear to show the northeast of the UK hit first, with North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, particularly over high ground, in the firing line.
Next, the risk of snow appears to whip across eastern parts of Britain, with much of Scotland still likely to be hit on 29 January, the chart suggests.
Snow charts by WxCharts, which look at the probability of snowfall, appears to support the long-range predictions of the UK being hit by snow on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29.
But, the WxCharts suggest the risk of snowfall during this period is less likely.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Monday, 27, January to Monday, 10, February, warns snow “could fall to lower levels at times” during bitterly cold interludes.
It reads: “Through the end of January into February, we are likely to have higher pressure across the UK than during previous weeks.
“The northwest will probably see the wettest and windiest weather whilst further south and southeast it should be drier and brighter with an increased risk of frost and fog.
“There is a chance that drier, settled conditions could extend to all parts at times. Snow will be most likely over northern hills, but it could fall to lower levels at times, mainly in the north, during colder interludes.
“Temperatures will tend to be close to or above average but will fluctuate day to day when more changeable weather types are established.
“There could be some cold spells in southern and central areas in particular if more settled weather develops.”
The Met Office warns about the uncertainty of long-range forecasts adding “small events currently over the Atlantic can have potentially significant impacts on our weather in the UK in several days’ time”.
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There will be little change in the pattern as we move through the last few days of January
The BBC Weather long-range forecast for the same period suggested the risk of wintry weather was less likely.
It read: “There will be little change in the pattern as we move through the last few days of January.
“The weather across the UK looks wetter and windier than average, with the north and west generally wettest and windiest, whilst the south and east are drier and calmer. Temperatures will still be above normal for the time of year.”
The long-range forecast comes as the UK is currently reeling from brutal Storm Brendan, which brought wind gusts of near 80mph to the UK, along with heavy rain.
The Met Office enforced weather warnings for wind and rain which covered much of England and Wales.
The yellow weather warnings, in place for much of Tuesday afternoon and evening, suggested there could be problems on the roads and “loss of power” amid the powerful storm.
A warning read: “Southwesterly winds are expected to strengthen across much of England and Wales during Tuesday afternoon and evening.
“Gusts of 40 to 50mph are expected quite widely inland, with exposed coasts and hills having gusts of around 60mph, perhaps locally 70mph.
“Heavy rain may be an additional hazard in places. Winds will ease from the west during Tuesday night.”
Looking towards the end of this week, the Met Office predict “further strong winds and rain crossing all parts” of the country on Thursday.
It added: “Less windy and brighter on Friday with showers. Many places dry on Saturday with sunshine after widespread overnight night frost.”
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