The Met Office is warning of 70mph storms and heavy snowfall for parts of the country, causing travel chaos as an Arctic blast with lows of -5C is set to continue into the weekend
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Britons face heavy snowfall and 70mph storms while arctic air continues to sweep the country with temperatures of -5C.
After some mild 20C highs to welcome spring, April has been bitterly cold so far, with temperatures below the average for the season, and frosts are expected to continue into the weekend.
A low of -5°C would be significantly colder than the average minimum temperature for April, which is 3.75°C between 1991 and 2020.
But it’s also a far cry from the coldest temperature recorded for the weekend of April 9th and 10th, which was -10.5°C in Belper, Derbyshire, in 1973 and -10.1°C in Grantown- on Spey in Morayshire, in 1978.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow in northern Scotland and strong winds for north-west England and north Wales on Thursday morning.
The Met Office warns of snow until 9am, stating: “Winter conditions overnight and early Thursday may cause travel disruptions in some areas.”
It has told people: “Some roads and possibly railways may be affected by snow, resulting in increased travel times.
“Possibly icy surfaces leading to an increased likelihood of injury or accidents, likely mainly on higher elevation roads.”
Maps from WX Charts show over 20 inches of snow could fall this morning, while flurries are expected later in the day and again overnight through Friday.
Temperatures could drop as low as -3C in Scotland this morning, with mercury near zero in northern England as well.
And it will feel bitterly cold in the coming days, especially with the strong winds, as maps show it could drop to -5C on Saturday.
The Met Office warning for storms runs until 5am but Thursday is expected to be a windy day with storms reaching 70mph.
Met Bureau forecaster Alex Deakin said: “Cold winds are intensifying. It’s going to be pretty bitter across the country on Thursday.
“A large cloud vortex earlier on Wednesday, this is an area of low pressure, the low itself is steadily moving out towards the North Sea and meanwhile the isobars are squeezing closer together. (With) the wind getting stronger and also coming from below the north brings colder air over the country as I say quite bitter feeling with this wind on Thursday.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Cold, windy and rainy for many.
Bands of rain or showers will move south over many parts, with some snow on the northern hills. Some drier, sunnier interludes, particularly this morning in the south. Windy for many with gales affecting some coasts and cold.
The showers are easing mostly inland but will continue with some snow on the hills across northern Scotland. Clear spells develop that allow frost in many places. Rain later reaches the extreme southwest.
Rain to affect southern England for a time, dissipating in the afternoon. Elsewhere a mix of sunny spells and showers, some heavy with hail, sleet and snow on hills. Cold and windy.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Lots of sunshine but still cold with a few showers on Saturday. It feels milder from Sunday, but clouds and rain will move in from the west overnight and into Monday.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-forecast-heavy-snow-26653806 UK weather forecast: Heavy snowfall and 70mph storm warnings as Arctic continues to freeze at -5C