Winter has finally taken hold of the UK this week as weather forecasts project snow and plummeting temperatures. Conditions are set to worsen over the next 24 hours as snow coats much of the country. While January has been relatively mild so far, forecasters are predicting the weather to get much colder as the month ends and February begins. The incoming snow will push five centimetres in the south, and potentially much more in the north. Both snow and ice will develop throughout most of the country over the following days. But where exactly will it snow and when.
The incoming winter chill and freezing temperatures will transform falling rain into snow.
Met Office warnings have been issued for falling snow over the hills and on lower land tomorrow. Traffic and travel chaos for both cars and public transport are expected.
Between 12pm today and 11am tomorrow, heavy snow is set to fall across the country. The East Midlands, London & South East England, North East England, North West England SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber will all receive snow flurries.
Latest Met Office weather warnings for these areas have been issued and updated. Met Office forecasters said: “A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday, then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening.
“The rain will turn quickly to snow on hills, then also to low levels in places. 3 to 5 cm snow is likely above 200 metres, with up to 10 cm in a few places. A patchy covering of 1 to 2 cm is possible at low levels, although some places will see no snow at all.
“As skies clear overnight, ice is likely to form on some surfaces. In addition, wintry showers will follow into western areas on Wednesday morning, giving further slight accumulations of snow in a few places.”
Warnings have been issued over transport. The Met Office said: “Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
“Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
“Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
Where will snow fall in the UK today? Met Office map reveals (Image: WINDY)
Snow will develop throughout the country at very different times, notably early in the north but at night in the south.
In London and the south-east, snow is expected to fall from 9pm until 12am tonight (Tuesday).
In the south-west, people will have caught their first few glimpses of snow this morning as snow fell at 12am today. This snow is expected to continue till 11am on Wednesday 30.
From the Midlands up into the northern most reaches of Scotland, the snow should have started at 1am this morning, and will fall until midday.
Northern Ireland has escaped the worst of the icy blast, as snow will have started this morning in the hills.
Snowfall will have started from 5am and is expected to last until 10.30am, before clearing later for ice to form.
Met Office yellow warning map (Image: MET OFFICE)
For Wednesday, January 30, the weather will remain cold and snow will be confined to England.
The Met Office says: “A band of rain pushing east across parts of England is likely to turn to snow during Tuesday evening, with snow continuing into Wednesday.
“Accumulations of 1-3 cm are likely quite widely, with accumulations of 5 cm in places.
“There is a small chance that some areas could see up to 10 cm, more especially over the higher ground.
“As this clears, ice is likely to form on some surfaces on Wednesday morning.”
Snow will fall for several hours in some places (Image: GETTY)
The weather warnings have been extended for the following locations:
– Central, Tayside & Fife
– East Midlands
– East of England
– Highlands & Eilean Siar
– London & South East England
– North East England
– North West England
– Northern Ireland
– SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
– South West England
– West Midlands
– Yorkshire & Humber