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UK weather: Temperatures to plummet as snow sweeps country
Storm Christoph has caused havoc this week with severe flooding across large parts of the country, but this will be replaced by cold-weather system bringing heavy snow and freezing temperatures. According to WXcharts, the UK will be engulfed by a deep freeze with up to 20 inches (52cm) of snow falling and temperatures plummeting to lows of -9C.
The latest weather model shows western areas of the UK turning white by Sunday, January 24, as a blanket of snow falls from as far south as Plymouth and Southampton, right up to the Scottish Highlands.
The heaviest snow is expected across central areas of Scotland with between nine inches (22cm) and 20 inches (52cm) set to fall overnight on Saturday.
By Sunday morning, the winter blast will move further south with thick snow falling in western areas and the threat of isolated flurries elsewhere.
Weather maps show up to three inches (9cm) of snow could be seen across the North of England and the Midlands.
Wales is forecast to see as much as one and a half inches (4cm) of snow and with less than an inch across the South West (2cm) and London (1cm).
The deep freeze will see temperatures drop to lows of -9C across central areas of Scotland overnight on Sunday.
Mercury will remain at freezing or below for the rest of the country, with lows of -4C in the south of England, -3 in the North and 0C in Wales.
The area of low pressure bringing cold weather will begin to move across the UK from the Atlantic on Friday evening, where temperatures take a dramatic turn.
From overnight on Friday going into the rest of the week, weather maps from WXcharts show the entire country turning blue as a cold weather system takes over.
Freezing temperatures will increase the threat of frost and ice on already saturated ground from Storm Christoph.
BBC weather’s weekend outlook says: “From Friday and into the weekend, as Storm Christoph moves away to the northeast and fills, a northerly wind will bring some colder air from the North Atlantic.
“This will bring temperatures back down to near or below average.
“Some weak low pressure centres will keep things unsettled, cloudy, and feeling cold through the weekend, but strong winds and heavy rain are not expected.”
Ahead of the weekend, the Met Office has five yellow weather warning in place for rain, snow and ice across the north west of England and Scotland.
A yellow snow alert remains in place until at least 12pm on Friday, with up to 15 inches (40cm) expected on higher ground.
Netweather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow said: “The winds veer to a westerly and with the UK then in colder air, eastern Britain turns wintry.
“Snow showers for northern Scotland, also southeast Scotland and northeast England but possible further down the east coast of England
“As long as the low has cleared away, it will leave much of England drier and sunny but cold. Wales, Northern Ireland and western England will be cold and bright but with plenty of showers, icy rain even flurries of snow.”
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She added: “As Storm Christoph edges towards southern Norway on Thursday it could continue to affect northeast Scotland with strong cold winds down the east coast of Britain and bands of snow working right down through Scotland into northern Britain.
“There is a snow warning over northern Scotland throughout Thursday. 5cms of snow to low levels, 10-40cm of snow over the hills and mountains of Grampian.
“Conditions will be tricky as the strong north winds back to the Northwest, gales for exposed parts.”
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