Met Office weather: More snow forecast as ‘coldest parts of winter ahead’

Snow is expected to arrive in parts of Britain at the end of the month amid a ‘coldest parts of winter ahead’ warning.

While Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness will see the worst of the snowfall, parts of the West Country could also experience wintry showers on Sunday January 30.

That’s according to meteorologist WXCharts, who predicted more than 30cm of snow in parts of Scotland.

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Places north of Manchester can also expect up to 10cm (4 inches) of snow on the penultimate day of the month, reports The Express.

WXCharts is also predicting lows of around -13C in parts of Scotland, with other northern parts of the UK dropping to -6C on January 30.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said colder weather will hit on January 25, following a much milder and “quieter” period over the coming week.

He urged people to remember that “winter is not over” as the “coldest parts of the year” are yet to come.

Speaking to The Express, he said: “As we approach the end of the month – the coldest parts on average of the year – what we are seeing is high pressure moving away from the south and west, allowing a stream of air from the northeast to enter.

“It could well start bringing snow events towards the later stages of the month – so this last week of January. I’m talking about January 25, 26, 27, 28 now.

“This period will be increasingly likely to see snowy events across the Highlands and Grampians and along this east coast.

WXCharts has predicted up to 13 inches (34cm) of snow in Inverness and other parts of Scotland
WXCharts has predicted up to 13 inches (34cm) of snow in Inverness and other parts of Scotland

“So how much of that actually happens, and whether or not we get a proper dive, depends on a little battle going on – does it end in Denmark, Germany or the push happens – it and does it affect the eastern parts of the UK and up to the London area.

“But I would say that at the moment winter is not over, let that be absolutely clear. We are only halfway there and the coldest part of the year is normally reserved for the end of January. and February. So there’s a lot to play for.”

The UK is expected to enjoy milder temperatures and increased cloud cover over the next week, but could also see fog, mist and ice, Mr Dale warned.

He said: “For the next ten days we are still in the same mostly high pressure dominance block which will mean fog, mist and ice – but there will be plenty of cloud around.

“Probably more in the next few days than what we’ve seen recently. I think it will be a bit depressing – so foggy, foggy, dull.

“If you get sunshine and blue skies, that’s a real bonus – that’s the right thing and it’s favored the south more than the north.

“It’s going to be gray. There will be very little precipitation, not much rain.”

The Met Office five-day forecast for the UK warns that fog will become “fairly widespread and possibly dense, particularly for central and eastern parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. North more cloudy and less cold”.

Snow in the West Country

We may also see snow falling closer to home towards the end of January, predicts WXCharts.

A map from Sunday January 30 shows a purple cloud – indicating snow – hovering over Bath and extending into Gloucestershire.

A map showing snow arriving in the West Country on Sunday January 30
A map showing snow arriving in the West Country on Sunday January 30

According to WXCharts, up to 1 cm per hour could fall that day, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing.

The furthest reaches of the snow cloud extend to Midsomer Norton and Frome, with the blizzard expected to abate by Monday January 31.

Met Office five-day forecast

The Met Office forecast for the next five days is as follows.

Today (Saturday January 15): For most, Saturday will be cloudier than recently. Any early fog patches should dissipate to leave broken clouds and occasional sunny spells. Relatively smooth feeling with light winds. Maximum temperature 11°C.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and clear periods overnight and although most places will remain dry a threat of a few showers for some time. Becoming chilly with a hint of frost in places. Minimum temperature -1°C.

Sunday: A rather dry day with sunny spells but sometimes quite cloudy. A few scattered showers are possible but these will generally be light. Maximum temperature 12°C.

Outlook Monday to Wednesday: Rather sunny Monday after a cold and icy start. Becoming cloudier for the most part Tuesday and Wednesday with occasional sunny spells. Becoming a little milder and becoming rather windy.

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Sheep in a snow covered field on Lydeard Hill after recent snowfall on January 7


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