Weather forecasters believe the impish winter will have one last sting in its tail as a widespread band of cold pressure is set move south across the UK later this month
A new weather map illustrates a final Arctic freeze this winter as heavy snowfall is expected in the next two weeks.
Large swathes of the UK, as far south as Powys, Wales, will be gripped in a fresh cold snap on around Saturday February 24 and Sunday February 25 as the month ends. Forecasters with Metdesk have published alarming maps, which indicate snowfall will be at its heaviest overnight into the Sunday.
Many across northern England, mid Wales, and most of Scotland will wake to a blanket of snow, as much as four inches on higher ground across Scotland. Early indications suggest East Ayrshire and the surrounding parts of southwest Scotland will see the severest snowfall in the early hours.
But the low pressure drifts south during Sunday morning, and maps show parts of Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester could see a small dusting. It is too early for the Met Office to issue any weather warnings but it does acknowledge temperatures will largely become colder by the end of the month and there will be “the potential for snow” in places.
Its long range weather forecaster says: “During late February and early March, there is a higher than normal likelihood of northerly or easterly winds dominating, which would increase the chance of colder and drier than average conditions. Spells of milder and wetter weather are still likely to occur at times, especially in the south and southwest, with the potential for snow on the boundary between milder and colder air.”
It is those areas where milder and colder area have met recently which have caused snowfall – and subsequent travel disruption and school closures – across the UK. Several spots, as far south as Derbyshire, faced an Arctic freeze on Thursday.
Other forecasters, such as those with Netweather, believe the next wintry vortex will grip us later than this month – and into March. This would be into the spring, according to the meteorological calendar, but snow isn’t unheard of in March in the UK. In March 2018, some parts of the country saw 20 inches of the white stuff when Storm Emma struck.
That year, Devon was among the worst-hit areas of Britain. However, further snow fall in 2024 is so far predicted for parts further north. Forecasters stress they continue to observe the atmospheric analysis and the picture changes rapidly.