UK snow warning: Weather chart turns white as 24-hour Arctic blitz to strike THIS WEEK

Weather: Amber storm warning issued in Northern Ireland

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After Storm Franklin subsides on Monday evening, the UK is set to continue seeing unsettled weather with snow and rains throughout the rest of the week. Maps and charts show 8 inches of snow on the ground in the north of Britain.

Maps from WXCharts see that from Tuesday, the UK is set for unsettled weather over the week, due to low pressure and a jet stream continuing to bring rains and snow.

Midday on Tuesday sees 3cm of snow over Scotland’s mountains and 1cm over Dumfries, with light 1mm rains an hour pushing over the midlands and south west of England.

Wednesday continues this trend throughout the morning, but by the evening an Atlantic plume of snow pushes over the UK, with 9pm seeing Newcastle and Carlisle with 3cm of snow an hour, while 16cm of snow over Fort William.

By midnight on Thursday, snow will continue to strengthen over Scotland’s west coast and Inverness at 16cm an hour, while pushing into Northern Ireland, north Wales and the north west of England with 2cm an hour.

At midday on Thursday, WXCharts holds there will be 2cm of snow on the ground in parts of England and Wales, while 22cm of snow, or around 8.6 inches, lays on the ground in Fort William and surrounding areas.

Derry in Northern Ireland sees 5cm of snow on the ground.

The south sees a band of snow push into the midlands and centre of Wales by 3am, with 3cm an hour continuing into the morning, while slightly weakening in Scotland.

By 9am, pressure will break up the band of snow over England and Wales, with 1cm an hour featuring in Cardiff, Cornell, Manchester, Birmingham and Norwich.

Snow strengthens again in Scotland at midday with 22cm an hour, with Ireland covered by 2cm an hour while England changes to light rains.

Thursday evening has snowfall continuing throughout the evening and into Friday morning, before clearing by the evening.

Jo Farrow, forecaster, wrote for the agencies website temperatures will begin to warm up in the south after Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

She said: “Temperatures today look to be on the mild side today and tomorrow, into double figures but tempered by the wind today.

“There will be a frost in the north tonight, but London could see 14C on Tuesday by day.”

Ms Farrow said snow will be localised over hills and higher areas, and added: “If you are looking for snow this week, it’s a continuation of ‘northern hills’ in the most part.

“Wednesday night into Thursday sees much colder air arrive from the northwest and there could be snow on the back edge of the frontal system and snow showers following.

“Don’t get excited in London, it will be rain for you. Even colder air follows for Thursday night with signs of heavier snow for northern Scotland, maybe even reaching down briefly to NE Britain early Friday as the low clears.”

The Met Office’s outlook for Wednesday to Friday said: “Wednesday mainly dry south and east; elsewhere, heavy rain followed by wintry showers.

“Thursday cold with blustery sleet/snow showers, sunny spells between. Friday fine with some sunshine and lighter winds.”

In their longer-range forecast from February 25 to March 6, they said: “Friday is likely to be dry for many with sunny spells, however there may be some rain in the northwest during the afternoon.

“The rest of the period is likely to see largely unsettled and changeable conditions. The north and northwest are likely to see the wettest and coldest conditions, with spells of rain andhill snow interspersed with periods of sunshine and showers. 

“The south and southeast will generally be less windy and more settled, but there is still likely to be some rain at times. Overall temperatures are likely to be near average, slightly milder in the south and colder in the north.

“Winds are also likely to be strong throughout the period, with gales or severe gales possible almost anywhere, but especially in the north.”

Speaking to The Sun Online, Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said conditions will ease the week beginning February 28.

He said: “It’ll be blustery as we go through the week, but everything looks a little bit more typical for this time of year.

“It’ll be windy, but at the moment, there aren’t any warnings past Monday, and we’re certainly not looking at naming more storms in the days to come.

“After we get rid of Franklin, it’ll still be windy, but hopefully not on the same scale as the past few days.

“It’s certainly been very, very unsettled recently. This has been a very notable spread of weather.”

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