UK Weather: Chart predicts high chance of snowfall
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Ice and snow warnings are in place for Scotland as a barrage of snow hit much of the country this afternoon. The Met Office issued a snow warning at 3pm this afternoon, covering Glasgow, Inverness, Oban, Aviemore, all the way up to John O Groats and Stornoway.
The yellow warning reads: “Wintry showers will continue for the rest of the day before easing towards midnight with icy patches forming on untreated surfaces.
“Snow showers will lead to a slight covering of snow in places, with a few cm possible on higher routes.”
The warning is in place until midnight tonight – but more warnings are coming over the course of the weekend.
It comes as temperatures drop for much of the country in what is shaping up to be a miserable weekend for many.
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Where will it snow this weekend?
Scots are in for a cold one for the first weekend of February as snow is expected to fall across much of the country.
As is usual for this time of year, the highlands will experience the most snow, with up to 5cm expected to settle by Saturday lunchtime.
But snow is also expected to fall in the central belt and across the west coast overnight on Saturday.
A yellow Met Office warning for snow will be in force across the weekend, covering the above-mentioned areas.
Starting at 5pm tomorrow evening, it will last until 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
The warning reads: “Frequent and occasionally heavy snow showers are expected on Saturday night and Sunday, and combined with strong westerly winds will lead to blizzard conditions and drifting snow on higher routes across Highland.
“Accumulations of two to five cm are possible in places, with 10 to 15 cm accumulating on routes above 300 metres.
“Icy patches will be an additional hazard, more especially across western coastal areas.”
Snow is also likely to fall elsewhere, according to WXCHARTS probability of snow increases across the UK into Sunday, spreading to the Midlands and Wales.
According to NetWeather Meteorologist Jo Farrow, northern parts of the UK will see the worst of it this weekend – but there will be some rain showers in the south too.
She said: “Today, the brisk west to northwest wind will add to the chill as the low centre near Norway continues to throw trough lines of heavier showers in from the northwest.
“A few extra gusts included with the wintry showers. By Saturday morning, there will be increasing cloud for Northern Ireland and western Scotland as the warm front heads in.
“The winds strengthen with heavy rain arriving before dawn. Coming up against the cold air there will be snow over the hills and mountains of the NW Highlands spreading into Cairngorm National Park.
“The frontal rain will reach over Northern Ireland, into NW England and the Pennines but there will be some shelter for eastern Britain.
“The showery rain will make it through the Central Belt. Eastern and southern England have a dry Saturday morning although with increasing cloud and a brisk wind.”
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