The Met Office has confirmed today it is becoming increasingly likely we will see snowfall at the end of the month – and long range weather maps have revealed two dates for the diary.
Temperatures have plummeted across the country with lows of -5C possible overnight and a chance of widespread frost. With the turn toward chilly conditions, we all want to know when the first big snow of the year will fall and there have been some early hints.
The Met Office said it is increasingly likely that the UK is in for a potential ‘snow event’ at the turn of the month with showers hitting a bank of cold air to produce perfect conditions. Weather maps from WX charts have given an indication of two dates when we could see widespread snow across the country.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said: “Early next week, following a brief more unsettled interlude, we expect to see a return to widely cold but quiet conditions. Some rain, or showers, are likely to affect some parts of the east coast, and these could turn increasingly wintry over higher ground areas towards the middle of the week.
“Thereafter, confidence in the detailed forecast falls, which is typical when looking this far ahead. It does look as though there will be a trend towards something more unsettled, as areas of cloud and rain attempt to move across the UK. At present, the most likely outcome beyond mid-week is that rain from the west slowly moves east, with snow possible over higher ground, and a continued risk of showers over eastern parts.
“However, there is a chance that a more active weather system arrives from the southwest, which would bring more widespread rain, stronger winds, and the potential for more significant snowfall should the air over the UK become sufficiently cold ahead of it. Either way, a continuation of colder than average conditions seems most likely, more details will become clear over the coming days and, as you would expect, we will be monitoring developments in the forecast closely.”
The current long range charts from WXCharts shows snow fall likely across Scotland on Monday, November 27, and Wednesday, November 29. The rest of the UK will have to wait a little longer with the maps showing the first likely snow event of the year will be on Thursday, November 30.
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The maps from WXCharts show widespread snowfall across the south of the country and some more isolated snow showers further north. Further isolated wintry showers are likely in the following days before Thursday, December 7.
On December 7, the long range weather maps are currently predicting significant and widespread snowfall across the north of England and Scotland. A period of heavy rain is then expected over the following weekend.