Late March last year: A Winter Whiteout

Snow Bear, Heswall, Wirral JODIE CHARLES Photo:

This time last year a spell of severe winter weather brought significant snowfalls & unseasonably low temperatures across most parts of the UK - including the northwest and including our coastline.

Burnley March 23rd 2013 BRAD HELME

March 2013 for our region was the second coldest on record, the coldest in over 50 years - only beaten by that of 1962.

The most severe wintry weather occurred from 22 to 24 March 2013 as rain bearing weather fronts associated with an area of low pressure to the west of the UK moved north, into the very cold air, turning the rain to snow.

Brindle, near Chorley in Lancashire 23rd March 2013 STEVE WILLIAMS

There were prolonged and heavy snowfalls across North Wales, northern England, south-west Scotland and the east of Northern Ireland.

20 cm or more of snow fell quite widely, especially across the higher ground, with significant drifting in a strong easterly wind.

As the low temperatures continued, much of this snow lay un-melted across the higher ground until early April.

Disley, Cheshire 23rd March 2013 CHRIS CHADWICK

March is a typically changeable month - a transition from Winter into Spring.

In comparison, the previous March of 2012 was one of the warmest on record.

This year's Winter has been markedly milder and wetter. March (the first Met Office month of Spring) has definitely been less cold with some decent daytime temperatures over the last few weeks.

It's doubtful that we will get a repeat of the Spring of 2013 - the coldest in more than 30 years, since 1979. But there's time yet for the weather to turn colder again.

It's actually more likely to snow at Easter than at Christmas.......don't pack the thermals away just yet.....