Friday 28 February
Snow on the way, will it last?
For the first time this winter (about time) the Met Office have issued a warning for snow parts of England and Wales. An area of low pressure will bring wet and windy conditions across southern areas of the UK during Friday morning, a cold undercut of air wrapping around the low from the north will cause the rain to turn to sleet and snow. This will clear on Saturday with another weather front on Sunday into Monday giving a feeble attempt of more snow. Then that looks like it could be winters last ditch attempt.
What's the weekend forecast?
Friday: From Northern England northwards it has been a frosty and icy start in places, but the north will have the brightest skies today and just some showers in the west. South of here, there is plenty of cloud and some rain and even gales in the southwest, with gust up to 70 miles per hour this morning. Snow is likely over the hills of southeast Wales, perhaps as much as 5 to 10 centimetres, with some slushy snow possible for the Midlands and the Chilterns.
Saturday: A west east split. Eastern areas will see the last of Friday’s rain clearing to give a lovely day with sunny spells and light winds, rain will move in overnight. Western areas will start fine and frosty, but a few showers are likely and then by evening steady rain and hill snow. That rain will clear overnight.
Sunday: Almost a repeat performance. For Eastern areas overnight rain will soon clear leaving a mostly fine day with sunny spells and light winds. However a deep area of low pressure will move into Northern Ireland in the afternoon and other western areas later in the day with heavier and more persistent rain, plus stronger winds, picking up to gales or severe gales around southern and western coasts.
What is the outlook as we start spring?
Sunday’s low pressure sits to the northwest of the UK and brings strong southwesterly winds and gales around southern and western coasts. High tides are likely Sunday and Monday bringing a small risk of coastal flooding. There will be frequent blustery showers across western areas with snow over hills in the north. The rest of the week remains unsettled with further spells of rain, heavy at times especially in the north and west with gales or severe gales at times and night time frosts.