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Oh sNOw!

This picture shows a snow-covered Cannock Chase Photo: Colin Jones

Well it's hardly your typical Spring day but then it is not that unusual for it to snow at this time of year. The last time we saw snow around this time in The Midlands was back in 2008.

So what is going on? Well we have warmer air to the South-West of us and colder air to the North-East and as they collide we see the wintry conditions.

The Met Office Still has an Amber 'Be Prepared' Alert in place for snow for the following areas:

  • Derbyshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Leicestershire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Warwickshire
Weather warnings have been issued for some parts of the region

Here we could see 20-40cm on higher ground, 5-10cm on lower levels. The strong wind is also causing problems with snow drifts and blizzard like conditions. Plus the wind is making it feel bitterly cold everywhere.

Through this afternoon the snow will continue falling on and off in the areas mentioned above. Elsewhere it will be more of a wintry mix of rain and sleet with the occasional flurry of snow. Temperatures will reach 2c but feel like -5c in that gusty easterly wind.

Tonight the snow in the north with extend further south so all of us will see some snow and it will start to settle more widely across the region. Temperatures will be freezing or below with a hard frost. It will remain very windy.

Only southern most areas of the region getting away with rain and sleet

Tomorrow we will wake to covering of snow across most areas. The snow will continue on and off through the morning.

Only southern most areas of the region getting away with rain and sleet. The snow will gradually ease around lunchtime turning lighter and more patchy for the afternoon. It will be windy and feel bitter just like today.

Staying windy and wintry into next week with temperatures much lower than they should be

Sunday we will be left with the dregs of the band of snow so expect occasional snow showers through the day, it will be cloudy and cold with a strong wind.

It will stay windy and wintry into next week. Temperatures remain a good 10c lower than they should be with some sharp overnight frosts to come too.

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