UK weather: Met Office forecasts ‘snow showers’
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Britons took to social media to describe the scenes as snow started falling in Sheffield, Essex, Herts and Suffolk on Easter Monday. The bitterly-cold Arctic air has smashed into the UK just hours after some parts of Britain reached the high-teens with sunny weather on Easter Sunday. Taking to Twitter, one social media user wrote: “It’s snowing, I don’t understand.”
Another added: “Only in the UK could it be bloody hot one day and snowing the next!!”
A third wrote: “Omg is was so sunny yesterday and today its snowing.”
A fourth, from Onich in Scotland, said: “Snowing here Easter Monday. Leaving a light dusting over everything.”
And a fifth said: “Only in the UK could you get sunburnt on Easter Sunday and see it snowing when you open your blinds on Easter Monday.”
One also said: “How the hell is it snowing today when it was basically summer yesterday?”
Snow has been reported in parts of Kent, Scotland, Essex, Sheffield, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
It comes as bitterly-cold temperatures are on course to fall even further with lows of -7C forecast during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The cold-snap has already triggered the Met Office to issue four yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and wind across the UK.
Further flurries of snow showers are expected across western areas of England, north Wales and Scotland today, according to snow maps produced by the Weather Outlook.
The latest precipitation models show snow and rain sweeping across the whole country by Tuesday afternoon.
Charts show a white blanket of wet and wintry weather engulfing most of the UK – with southern and western parts of England course to see the worst of the conditions at 3pm tomorrow.
In a post on Twitter, the Weather Outlook said: “The cold blast is on the way and it looks like Tuesday could bring the greatest risk of snow showers to the southern half of the UK.
“GFS and ICON 12z charts quite consistent.”
Separate snow depth charts suggest snow levels could reach up to 30cm in the north west of Scotland by tomorrow afternoon.
Northern parts of Wales could also accumulation of up to 8cm, according to the maps.
The weather charts also show patchy areas of snow across the south west of England, East Anglia and the north west of England.
Tonight temperatures will fall below freezing for the whole of the UK, with lows of -7C in Scotland.
Elsewhere the mercury will drop to lows of -5C in the North, -4C in Wales and -3C in the South.
The Met Office has extended its yellow snow warning in Scotland until 10am on Tuesday morning.
The current alert warns of “frequent hail and snow showers”, with up to 5cm in coastal regions and 10cm of snow on higher ground.
A separate yellow wind and snow alert says gusts of up 70mph are expected and will drive cold-air southwards.
The Met Office added temperatures today will drop some 11C from yesterday.
A high of 17.9C was recorded in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Easter Sunday.
The town is expected to see temperatures of just 7C (44.6F) this afternoon.
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Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “The air we had on Sunday came in from the south so it’s pretty mild having come off the continent.
“Overnight we’ll see a cold front moving southward across the country, it’s already across northern Scotland, and it’ll push its way southward overnight.
“That will introduce much, much colder air across the whole country.”
Met office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri said very cold Arctic air moved in on Sunday night bringing “snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures”.
He warned the threat of snow showers is set to continue throughout the week, with northwestern areas set to be worst affected and temperatures remaining in single digits.
Mr Suri said: “Although snow showers will predominantly affect the north and north west, they could occur almost anywhere in the UK early this week, at least temporarily.
“Some areas will remain drier and see few, if any, showers, for example: the southeastern quarter of England and the Central Belt of Scotland.
“Even in southern parts of the UK daytime maximum temperatures will struggle to rise above 9C, and although this region is likely to remain drier, the occasional wintry shower cannot be ruled out.”
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