Blimey guv’nor, the whole of the UK, including good ol’ Greater Manchester, could be in for a spot of snow in the next few days according to the forecasters at the Met Office. They’ve warned it’ll stay right cold and dry for the rest of the week with an increased chance of some wintry business from the weekend on.
It’s because of the high pressure bringing much chillier temps than normal this time of year. The northerly winds on Sunday will make it more likely to see some snow next week, especially up north. Some forecasters are saying it could be the worst snowstorm in 14 years!
Met Office Head of Situational Awareness Will Lang said “There’s going to be more of the really cold weather over the weekend and into next week across the UK. At first it’ll mean more showers near the coasts, increasingly turning to snow in many areas, especially further north.”
The Met Office maps go until Tuesday morning and show a band of heavy snow hitting the UK Monday night. Snow should start in north Wales around Wrexham from 6pm, with some also in Cumbria. As Monday evening goes on, the maps show heavier snow sweeping east, covering Manchester, Preston and down near Nottingham.
Tuesday morning looks to have a good dusting across Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, extending down to Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
In Greater Manchester, forecasts show snowfall next week, starting 9pm Monday, January 15. On Tuesday, January 16, Manchester could see snow 6am to 9am with very cold temps of 0C, feeling more like -3C. From noon it should settle down with clouds and slightly warmer temps around 3C before dropping again in the evening.
The UK Health Security Agency still has yellow and amber cold weather alerts for most of England through tomorrow, January 12.
Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Tony Wardle said: “There’s potential for disruptive snow mid to late next week as warmer Atlantic air tries to push in from the southwest. If that happens, we could see substantial snowfall in places, but details are uncertain right now.”
And the Met Office long range forecast says: “Often cloudy in central and southern areas at first, then turning colder from the north with brisk northerly winds across the UK, bringing a risk of snow showers, most frequent in the north.
Staying cold with a real wind chill, especially up north. There’s a risk of unsettled weather pushing up from the south during this time, which could mean snow and sleet where it meets the cold air.
We can’t be sure on timing of that, but there’s increasing potential for disruptive weather at some point. Widespread frosts at night continue, with icy patches likely.”
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