Snow forecast LIVE: Met Office just issued weather warning for HEAVY SNOW to cover UK
- Storm Caroline is smashing into Scotland with 90mph winds
- An arctic blast is hitting Britain as temperatures plummet
- Warnings of snow come into force across the UK tonight
- A snow warning covers almost all of England on Sunday
Bringing you the latest snow forecast with updates from the Met Office, Met Éireann and other official sources.
7.16pm: In their weather warning, which stretches as far as South Wales and the Westcountry as you can see from the map above, the Met Office said: “During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the UK.
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“2-5 cm of snow is likely in places over the warning area. 10-20 cm is possible for some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands. ‘Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.
“The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday. Possible travel delays on roads.”
6.05: Snow showers to ‘remain frequent’
The amber warning of wind now only covers Grampian Highlands, Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland.
The Met Office chief forecaster said: “The strongest winds are now over the northeast of mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles.
“Snow showers will remain frequent and heavy through the evening.”
Snow forecast LIVE: Map shows how much snow and rain is likely to fall at 1pm on Sunday
6pm: The latest map shows snow sweep in on Sunday
The latest GFS map for Sunday into Monday shows snow showers sweeping across England.
5.20pm: Storm Caroline is about to peak over Northern Isles
The Met Office said: “Storm Caroline has already peaked over mainland Scotland but will peak over the Northern Isles within the next hour – Then clearing over the north Sea.”
Snow forecast LIVE: Latest GFS map for Sunday into Monday
5pm: Orange warning comes into effect in Ireland
Met Éireann has issued an orange warning of snow and ice for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.
The Irish National Meteorological Service said: “Snow showers will occur this evening, tonight and during Friday.
“Accumulations of 4 to 8 cm expected, with the larger values on high ground. Icy roads and footpaths.”
A yellow level warning covers Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and Roscommo.
Snow forecast LIVE: The amount of snow (in cm) that will fall on Saturday at 1pm
4.50pm: 93 mph winds gusts hit Fair Isle in Shetland
The Met Office said: “In the last hour, wind gusts at Fair Isle (Shetland) have reached 93 mph as #StormCaroline continues to move eastwards.”
4pm: Snow and ice warning comes into force in Scotland
A snow and ice warning came into effect across Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian Highlands and Eilean Siar, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
The Met Office said: “Colder air will be drawn across the UK on Thursday with showers increasingly turning to sleet and snow.
“With the cold air some snow is likely to start accumulating, with some falling to low levels, and surface temperatures will fall below freezing leading to icy stretches forming.”
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3.53pm: Met Office snapshot for the weekend’s snow
The Met Office has release two maps breaking down which areas of the UK are most likely to see snow this weekend.
On Saturday, snow is forecast to mainly stay in Scotland, though Ireland, Wales and western parts of England could see snowy showers.
Sunday will see snow across central and northern regions.
Snow forecast map UK: Met Office maps show which places will receive snow
2.15pm: Snow forecast for eastern regions remains ‘uncertain’
Meteorologist Dan Holley has said that snow forecasts will remain uncertain until Storm Caroline’s exact track can be pinned down.
He tweeted: “There is the risk of a spell of rain, sleet and snow across the region on Sunday – this very much depends on the exact track of the low pressure responsible, and the phasing with colder air on its northern flank.
“Still some uncertainty – watch this space.”
1.56pm: ‘It will feel like -7C on Friday’, Met Office warns
A blast of arctic wind will send temperatures tumbling tomorrow, according to the Met Office, though it will feel even colder.
The weather maps below show that the mercury will barely stay above freezing on Friday, but that it will feel as cold as -7C in parts of Scotland.
“Bitterly cold winds will affect the whole of the UK through Friday – actual temperatures won’t be far of freezing but it will feel like it is closer to -7 ºC in places,” the Met Office said.
Snow forecast UK: Storm Caroline is set to cause the arctic weather
1.26pm: ‘Snow showers to push south overnight’
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Snow showers will push their way southwards overnight affecting northern and western parts of Britain in particular, but a few also likely in the east.
Clear spells are expected in between the snow showers, though it is forecast to be a “bitterly cold night”, according to Mr McGivern, with frost, ice and snow starting to build up.
“It’s really northern and western Scotland that will see the most frequent, heaviest snow showers coming through,” he added.
“Around coasts a patchy covering is possible, but inland and over the hills five, 10, 15 or even 20 centimetres of snow.”
Snow forecast UK: It will feel as cold as -7C on Friday
1.13pm: Brits urged to check their heating as snow moves in
With parts of the UK set to be carpeted in thick snow, the Met Office has advised that central heating systems should be turned to at least 18C.
The weather service tweeted: “With the weather getting colder and snow on the way for some make sure you stay warm and keep an eye on friends and neighbours.”
1.05pm: Tips for driving in the snow
With snow and ice forecast to cover the UK over the weekend, motorists will need to drive with extreme caution.
Drivers are advised to accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid.
“A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid grip on packed ice,” the RAC said.
Motorists should stay alert and be aware that braking distances can increase tenfold on icy roads.
The RAC added: “Remember that tyres grip less efficiently in cold conditions. So even if the temperature is above zero and there’s no ice on the road, you should take extra care.”
Snow forecast: The Met Office has released a map showing where snow will hit on Friday
12.55pm: Northern Scotland to receive 20cm of snow tomorrow
A weather map released by the Met Office shows that parts of Scotland could receive up to 20cm of snow on Friday.
Parts of Wales and Northern Ireland could see 10-15cm in places, while most of England is set for no more than 5cm.
A yellow snow and ice warning will come into effect for the affected regions between 12.05am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday December 9.
12.40pm: Model suggests widespread snow on Sunday
The latest ECMWF weather model suggests widespread snow accumulations for Sunday.
12.38pm: Snow reported in Outer Hebrides
Western Isles Police tweeted: “Officers reporting snow showers from various locations in the Outer Hebrides.”
Snow forecast LIVE: Latest ECMWF model suggests widespread snow accumulations for Sunday
12.30pm: Snow showers hit Scotland as Storm Caroline causes disruption
Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK.
Snow showers are hitting high ground in Scotland, while flights and ferry services have been cancelled and dozens of schools are closed in the very north of Britain.
12.20pm: Heavy showers ‘turning increasingly wintry’
The Met Office tweeted: “Storm Caroline will bring very strong winds across parts of Scotland as well as heavy showers, turning increasingly wintry.
“Cloud and rain across southeastern areas, but drier and brighter elsewhere.”
12.16pm: Bookies slash odds of snow this weekend
Bookmakers are confident that parts of the UK will see snow this weekend.
Ladbrokes are offering odds of just 1/3 for snow to fall anywhere in the UK on Saturday or Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, Scotland is the most likely destination to experience snowfall, but it’s also just 2/1 that London gets a sprinkling.
Snow forecast weather map: Huges swathes of the UK are set to be blanketed in snow
Midday: Up to 20cm of snow forecast on Sunday
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “A band of rain, heavy at times, is expected to move eastwards over the UK.
“With cold air in place, a spell of snow looks likely to develop on its northern edge. 1-5 cm is possible quite widely, and up to 10 cm in places. Over higher ground, 20 cm is possible in a few places.
“There is currently a good deal of uncertainty over the precise track of the areas of rain and snow.”
11.55am: Storm Caroline batters Scotland with 90mph winds
Storm Caroline is battering the north of Scotland amid warnings that 90mph winds and “flying debris” pose a risk to life.
11.25am: The Met Office weather warning page crashes
The Met Office website is experiencing issues in the UK, with some users reportedly unable to access online weather warnings about Storm Caroline
11am: Met Office issues new yellow warning of warning
Met Office forecasters have issued a yellow warning of snow for large parts of the UK on Sunday, warning that the snowfall is likely to have a severe impact on transportation.
“A spell of heavy snow is possible over some central parts of the UK during Sunday,” the Met Office said.
“This could lead to road, rail and air travel delays, with the potential for vehicles to become stranded or public transport to be cancelled.
“Rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off.”
Snow forecast: The Met Office has issued yellow weather warning for the UK
10.39am: ’Blizzard’ conditions to lash Scotland from tonight
Freezing temperatures are expected to move in across Scotland tonight, as Storm Caroline starts drifting away from the British Isles.
BBC Scotland Weather tweeted: “Once Storm Caroline moves off we’re left with a bitterly cold northerly wind which will bring snow showers across northern Scotland to lower levels.
“Ice will be a concern too along with blizzards conditions tonight and tomorrow.”
10.08am Snow possible across UK this weekend, says Carol Kirkwood
BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood has warned that snow showers could hit as far south as East Anglia over the weekend.
She tweeted: “Today we have storm Caroline affecting the far north of Scotland – and as we go through the next few days we will start to see snow accumulate away from the coasts across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, Wales and the north and west Midlands in particular.
“By tomorrow morning we are likely to have lying snow in parts of Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Midlands…with a dusting in other areas too.
“Sunday’s forecast is giving us a headache. We have rain coming in from the west with snow on it’s leading edge.
“It is possible we could see significant spell of snow Wales, Midlands, East Anglia northwards.”