UK snow forecast: Long range chart shows snow to hit UK
The Met Office has warned “snow and ice” could cause hazardous conditions for Britons at the start of March, which suggests winter is not over just yet. The latest maps from WXCHARTS show northerly winds sweeping across the UK from the Arctic at the start of next month, bringing wintry conditions with them. Temperatures could plunge to bitterly-cold lows of -2C in Central Scotland on Saturday, March 6.
England could also see freezing temperatures at the same time, with the charts showing 0C spread across the North West, although 1C is expected further east in Newcastle, Durham and parts of North Yorkshire.
In the south, single figures could also strike as London could see 3C and Southampton 4C.
The latest snow probability charts also show the whole of Britain turning different shades of white and blue on March 6, suggesting there is a 10 to 40 percent chance of snow arriving.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast between Thursday, March 4, and Thursday, March 18, said: “By the end of February and into early March, conditions across much of the UK are most likely to turn more settled as high pressure becomes dominant, although confidence in this is low; indeed the northwest, in particular, could see a continuation of spells of wind and rain.
UK snow radar: Cold winds from the Arctic could hit Britain next month
“Temperatures are likely to be mild or very mild across the UK, with a trend towards average in early March.
“In early March there is a continued signal for higher than average pressure to sit close to or over the UK, with dry and settled conditions most likely.
“Temperatures are signalled to be a little below average at the start of the period, slightly increasing the chances of cold spells occurring.
“During this time there looks to be an increased likelihood of overnight frosts and a risk of wintry hazards, such as snow and ice, although unlikely to be as disruptive as earlier in the year.
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“Towards mid-March there are signs of a change to more unsettled and milder conditions.”
Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook added the start of March could bring a risk of snow to lower levels.
He told Express.co.uk: “There are some indications of it turning colder again at the end of February and during the early part of March.
“During that period the risk of snow could increase on lower ground in the northern half of the UK as areas of low pressure push across the UK and pull in much colder air from the east on their northern flank.”
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BBC Weather’s forecast between Monday, March 1 and Sunday, March 14, also predicted northerly winds to bring freezing sub-zero lows.
The forecast said: “This will be a gradual process, but northerly winds will begin to develop for Central Europe and bring some colder air in from Iceland.
“We expect that this will stay east of us throughout the weekend, but there is a chance it could arrive early, making for a colder end of February.
“Confidence has increased for the forecast from last Friday and the performance of the computer models have shown some significant improvement recently. But we aren’t quite done with winter just yet.
UK snow radar: March could see another cold spell arrive
“The first half of March is likely to still be heavily influenced by the presence of a large area of high pressure in northwest Europe which we expect to gradually head west into the Atlantic.
“As the high shifts west of Ireland in early-March, northerly winds will be able to bring some colder Icelandic air into the UK.
“This will be colder than normal, but not nearly as cold as the middle of February was! This is because the air in Iceland isn’t as cold as the frigid air sitting in Russia.
“As we head into mid-March, high pressure will likely begin to ease and head even further west, too far away to influence our weather.
UK snow radar: Northerly winds are likely to hit Britain
“As it moves away, a trough of low pressure will develop over western Europe, keeping things unsettled and quite changeable.”
The forecast added Britain could see cold fronts sweeping in until the middle of March, before temperatures start to warm up as spring edges closer.
BBC Weather said: “Temperatures and precipitation will likely be quite variable throughout the week as Atlantic weather fronts frequent the country.
“Warm fronts should be able to tap into sub-tropical Atlantic air from near the Azores, leading to some mild, spring-like days.
UK snow radar: The whole of Britain could see freezing temperatures
“Meanwhile, cold fronts will drag air in from Iceland, leading to crisp but sunny days too.
“Confidence again is higher than it was on Friday, with a lot of our forecasting tools telling us the same thing (which is always an encouraging sign!).
“The main risk to the forecast is that it stays more high pressure-dominated into the middle of March, keeping things a bit cooler and drier than normal.”
It comes as temperatures are expected to pick up this weekend with highs of 16C expected in the capital.