Snow forecast UK: Will it snow? Polar vortex could blast the UK with snow and ice blitz
Freezing temperatures coming in from across the Atlantic are set to bring heavy snowfall to parts of the UK early next week.
Areas above 200m could receive 10cm of snow, according to the Met Office’s chief forecaster, who added that thundersnow is a possibility.
He said: “Showers will also be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across northern and western Scotland. Here, there is potential for disruption to power supplies from frequent lightning strikes.
“Strong winds are also expected, with the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, particularly over high ground.
Maps produced by Meteociel show that parts of Wales could get up to 17cm of snow by Tuesday January 18, with the coverage spreading across nearly all of Britain.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, urged Brits to brace for the severe conditions to trigger traffic disruption and school closures.
He said: “We are about to go into another period of very cold weather and once again it is worth pointing out that we may have to go back a few years to the last time we experienced anything of this stature or potency.
“The weather is likely to impact travel and school closures on a notable scale next week and we could be looking at a notable and lengthy spell of widespread snowy weather.
Snow forecast UK: Parts of Britain could get up to 17cm of snow
“Westerly winds will clash with colder air from the north later this weekend bringing some widespread and heavy snow showers across some large swathes of the country.
On current indications we are looking at another a potent wintry blast
“On current indications we are looking at another a potent wintry blast.
Some meteorologists have questioned whether the frigid weather could be triggered by a Polar Vortex, which occurs when clouds of freezing air come in from the Arctic.
But Leon Brown, chief meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said that this was unlikely, arguing that the cold snap will be caused by a shift in the jet stream.
He explained: “In the forecast for the next few weeks over the Atlantic we will see a shift of the jet stream with a cold wave or trough over western Europe.
Snow forecast: Areas in red are most likely to receive snow next week
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“It is this shift in the jet stream that will allow a colder northerly flow to develop over western Europe next week.
Yellow ‘be aware’ weather alerts have been issued by the Met Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday, with forecasters warning that power cuts are a possibility.
The Met Office said: “Frequent and heavy hail and snow showers are likely to affect many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from Monday evening, continuing for much of the day on Tuesday.
“Travel delays on roads are possible, with a small chance of cancellations to public transport. There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.
Snow forecast UK: Yellow weather warnings have been issued for parts of the UK on Monday and Tuesday
“In addition some roads and pavements may become icy, increasing the chance of injuries from slips and falls.”
The warning is due to come into effect at 6pm on Monday January 15, lasting until 11.55pm the following day.
Areas covered by the warning include: Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Northern Ireland.