UK braces for snow this weekend

Plunging thermometers will push the mercury close to -5C (23F) overnight on Saturday with the risk of frosts on Sunday morning.

Bookies are hedging their bets on the first flakes of the year, with Ladbrokes offering 5/1 from 20/1 on a flurry anywhere in the UK before midnight on Sunday.

Piers Corbyn, director of WeatherAction, said things will take a bitter turn from Saturday especially in Scotland.

He said: “There is a chance we could see the first wintry showers of the season between Saturday and Monday.

Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, said: “It is looking rather cool for the rest of the week with temperatures 2 to 4C below normal.

Thanks to Andrew Stranglen and Marcus Adrian for this link

34 thoughts on “UK braces for snow this weekend”

  1. @Paul I could agree more… for example he states 4 degrees below average.

    First of all, the weather has been below the UK average for every month of this year according to met office figures and it has been in my area 4 degrees below average for most of summer and there has been no snow or proper cold just relative cold for time of year.

    If they mean snow on Scottish Mountains then you can’t use that to represent UK as Scotland has very different weather to us being much nearer the arctic circle but also often on the cold side of the jet stream while the rest is not hence Scotlands average temps are a fair bit lower than for the rest of the UK and the first places you expect to see snow is Scottish Mountains.

    It is often that at the 864m high mountains in South Wales is battered with high winds and due to the elevation will get some near freezing conditions, while Scotland being far north, on the other side of the jet stream and consisting of a lot more mountain and a lot higher mountains then scottish snow, although relatively early wouldn’t be a big deal right now

    • Scotland has a complex climatic regime, varying from conditions at Inverewe (57.8′ North similar to Hudson’s Bay) which has a garden with plants you’d expect much further south and dates to the 19th century. On the other hand the Cairngorms (also around 57′ North) have arctic vegetation. However if the Cairngorm Mountains were located in the Peak District (53′ North) then conditions wouldn’t be that much different for a region 200 miles further south and as far from the sea.

      In the 1960s and 70s snow on the tops of Perthsire’s mountains in September wasn’t anything out of the ordinary or even particularly news worthy other than a passing comment about the first snow of the winter/autumn. What is different now, since Micheal Fish and “there’s no hurricane”, is that any wether event is trumpeted as an approaching cataclysm.

      • That period was Solar Cycle 20 where the Sun significantly reduced output, due to a single AMP event. The Cycle experienced significantly reduced numbers of full size spots (as seen with a 40 MM optic) and a significant increase in the number of fragment spots, coupled with several NAO winters due to the reduced EUV during the NH winters. NASA solar warmists only count spots and fragments as spots to ignore the fact the Sun is in a Minimum condition.
        The Not Invented Here Syndrome is alive and well in the US Science Communities.
        The papers which document the causes and hind-cast previous and forecast just when the next Solar Minimum with occur and when single cycle solar reductions are forecast is published and on the WEB.

  2. Boy the timing with the lack of sun spots, I’m not going to make any bets, but its likely to cool down enough in the next few days to make this happen.

  3. Between the cold (threat to food security) and the masses of migrants invading Europe that Brussels (the E.U.) has no intention of dissuading whatsoever….my prediction still stands: the UK will vote to leave the EU, along with several others.

  4. When I was a lad in Perthshire in the 1950s/60s/70s it would regularly snow before October on the tops of the high peaks. If that happened local weather lore had it that it wouldn’t snow again until December.

    • It happened in the 1980s too on Ben Nevis – we used to reckon September for Nevis and October for Glencoe. I went along Aonach Eagach in mid-October with snow most of the way along the ridge back then.

  5. The Arctic plunge has now moved into the North Sea, this was formed by a blocking high in the mid Atlantic and a cold low which has been parked over the UK for the last three weeks; this was again blocked by large Highs over Europe during the same time frame. This Low is now raining on the Southern Baltic states and centered over the Baltic picking up water vapor as its rotates.
    Up to now Western Europe has favored very favorably during the warming pause and this solar cycle. Now that Solar Max is over and LSC sized sun spots are reducing to a monthly average between 10 and 20, very quickly in comparison to the last three cycles.
    These LSC Sun Spot averages are normally seen at the end of the cycle, once every 11 years, this is normally when a NAO occurs and Europe gets a really bad winter. This time it’s possible that Europe will get six or seven bad winters on the trot until the next Max Period of SC25 starts to takes effect. Bad winters are 90% of the time on the decline of the solar cycle, the rest at the start before the LSC average exceeds 30.

  6. Scotland has 9 tops above 4000 feet. At that sub-arctic altitude snow can fall at any time of the year but usually the first flurries occur in September. If snow fell at sea level before November – that would be interesting!

  7. Ok there is some misunderstanding about snow falling. Yes its normal but there should not be falling snow because its a thing of the past. Children shouldn’t be able to see snow these days.

    • In the past few years snow has been observed falling at locations not known for snow such as Buenos Aires and Melbourne. It has even been reported in Saudi Arabia!

      • Snow has been falling in many locations where it doesn’t normally snow, but it hardly ever gets reported by the mainstream media. When they do bother to mention it, they usually call it a ‘cold snap’, and show pictures of kids playing in the snow.

        I’m glad I discovered this site. It’s one of the few places where you find the truth!

      • Yes, it was incredible seeing the beduins fighting with snowballs and carving snow-animals (a camel if I remember well) because carving a man’s like snow statue is strictly forbidden by the Quran.

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