BBC Weather: UK set for heavy snow as band moves in
The Met Office has issued snow warnings for swathes of the country as the north and south are expected to see snowfall on Sunday. The amount seen across the country will vary, but over particularly high ground the depth of snow could reach 10cm, or four inches. One Met Office warning for the south reads: “An area of snow will move across Wales and central and southern England today, becoming slow-moving for a time across parts of the Midlands.
“This will bring one to three cm of snow across much of the warning area, though not all sites will see lying snow and northern parts of East Anglia may see a little snow.
“Areas above 100m are likely to be worst affected and here, five to ten cm of snow is possible, particularly for parts of the Midlands.”
The Met Office has warned of potential travel delays on roads, with the possibility of some vehicles and passengers becoming stranded due to the adverse weather.
Some rural communities could find themselves cut off while power cuts and mobile phone coverage may also be affected within certain areas.
Where is it snowing today?
According to the latest forecast, the majority of the country is expected to see snow fall today.
The warnings in place stretch across all of Wales, London and the majority of England and runs until 6pm on Sunday evening.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said the weather would take a “wintry” turn following days of bad weather brought by Storm Christoph.
Mr Snell said: “It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week.
“I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we’ve had, we may well see some icy patches.”
According to the weather agency, a band of rain will cross the west of southwest England on Sunday, and will turn to snow as it moves in an easterly direction.
Right now, according to UKsnowMap, the rain is concentrated in south west England.
The map shows some snowfall has reached the Midlands, but mostly reports are coming from the south west, undoubtedly the snow will move towards the rest of the country as the day progresses.
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When will it snow near me?
London is expected to see snow this afternoon, although the drop will be mainly centred in the western part of the city.
The Met Office is reporting a 50 to 60 percent chance of sleet or snow falling in London from around midday to 8pm tonight.
Temperatures are expected to plummet right down to only one or two degrees.
The rest of the UK is expected to see the white stuff falling throughout the day, so keep an eye out for it.
Some places could see snowfall for as much as three hours, while others will experience a shorter visit.
The snow is not expected to linger, however, and will largely dissipate by Monday when wetter weather will start moving back in.
Met Office Chief forecaster Steve Wellington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring a “mix of wintry hazards across the UK”.
He said: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of one to three cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.
“But snow outside of these areas is also a potential hazard.”
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