First Snow Of The Year Due!
Britain shivers as temperatures plunge... and first snow of the year is on the way this week, a few centimetres of snow could fall in some areas by the end of the week and a three-day cold snap is set to hit from Thursday before temperatures rise.
After one of the mildest winters on record, parts of the country will see their first proper snow fall by the end of the week, say forecasters.
The topsy-turvy conditions that have prevailed since November – ranging from warm and sunny to gales – are due to usher in a three-day cold snap from Thursday night.
Over the weekend, temperatures will edge towards freezing and there will also be snow or rain showers.
Northern and western parts will be hit hardest before things settle towards the beginning of next week, according to the Met Office.
Forecaster Byron Chalcraft said dry but cool conditions in some areas from today would mean temperatures of up to 11c (52f) on Wednesday – a few degrees above average for this time of year – and it would feel ‘quite mild’.
But he added: ‘By Thursday it will turn colder again. Temperatures will dip to freezing, maybe a couple of degrees under, and we’ll see rain and snow showers around due to cold north-west winds. This will mainly affect northern and western parts of the country, Manchester in particular.
‘It could be enough for snow to settle in some parts, maybe a few centimetres, which would be the first snow of the year.’
Temperatures are then likely to rise to 8c (46f) by the beginning of next week.
‘The weather is very changeable at the moment but as we go into the beginning of next week it will warm up again with temperatures of around 8c or 9c. That’s still chilly but mild for this time of year.’
Last month, buildings were battered, and roads and railways closed when winds reached more than 100mph.
And last winter was the coldest for 31 years in the UK, with an average December to February temperature of 1.5c (35f).
“have you got your rock salt yet” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire “we still have some for sale but stocks are getting low, don’t be left without any during this next cold snap”.