UK weather forecast – Brits brace for coldest night of the winter TONIGHT as -16C snow bomb sparks more travel chaos
THE big freeze is set to worsen today as forecasters warned Brits to brace for the coldest night of the winter amid a brutal snow bomb.
Scotland could see lows of -16C tonight and into Sunday as the cold snap continues, the Met Office said.
A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place across most of the UK on Saturday
Scotland could see heavy snow and lows of -16C on Saturday night
This UK weather graphic shows snowfall at midnight on Saturday, February 2WX
This means it is set to be colder than Thursday which saw -15.4C recorded just before midnight at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said parts of England could also see sub-zero temperatures reach double digits today.
He told the Press Association: “Over Saturday we’ll see some snow showers around the far north, the far west and the far east of the UK.
“Elsewhere it’s a cold day again and feeling especially cold in the south where it will be breezy, but for most it will be dry and sunny.”
He continued: “Saturday it’s likely to be very similar to Thursday night – we could get down to minus 16C (3.2F) in Scotland, but it’s worth bearing in mind that even across the south we could get into negative double figures.”
‘COLDEST NIGHT OF WINTER’
He said Benson in Oxfordshire was one of the spots predicted to reach minus 10C or below.
“Across the bulk of the UK, tomorrow night’s going to be really cold.”
Although Cornwall and parts of the South East that were heavily hit over Thursday night and Friday are not expected to see any more showers, drivers were warned to beware of ice roads caused by lingering snow.
Sleet and snow could continue across Kent into the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Burkill said, but should have cleared by the time most people wake up.
A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK is in place for Saturday.
He added that temperatures in the south and central will stay at –2C to -4C and in Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East of England it will be -6C to -7C.
It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England, the south of England and the west coast of Wales.
On Friday, a coating of up to 14 cm of snow caused havoc in the South West, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and seek shelter as traffic stood still.
Travellers were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years.
By Friday evening, RAF Odiham in Hampshire had recorded 19cm of snow.
The closures included more than half of Bristol’s schools, more than 300 in Buckinghamshire, more than 150 in Cornwall and scores across Oxfordshire.
There was misery for travellers on the M3 westbound between junctions six and seven near Basingstoke due to snow and stranded vehicles, with the tailbacks stretching to Farnborough.
Highways England also reported severe delays between Tonbridge and Hurst Green on the A21 in Kent in both directions on Friday night – again caused by snow and stranded vehicles.
Most flights were cancelled from a snow-covered Bristol Airport on Friday, but normal service is expected on Saturday.
London City Airport closed its runway on Friday night due to heavy snowfall, causing some flights to be diverted and others to be cancelled.
The airport said flights were expected to resume as normal on Saturday morning.
Flight disruption at airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of rugby fans facing a race to get to Paris ahead of Friday evening’s France vs Wales Six Nations opener.
Weather charts by WX show parts of the country enduring snow showers on Saturday.
Greg Dewhurst, Met Office meteorologist, told The Sun Online: “There will be a cold, icy start to the weekend on Saturday morning.
“There will be plenty of sunshine around.
“Temperatures will drop to -15C again as the sun will set.”
Wintry showers around coastal parts, the high ground areas across Scotland could see 2cm to 5cm of snow.
Rob Richards, and AccuWeather meteorologist said: “A chilly northerly breeze will be blowing across the UK on Saturday with a few wintry showers across Scotland and along the eastern coast of England.”
By Sunday, there will be a change of weather as a system moves in from the Atlantic slightly bringing milder air.
The Met Office warns anyone who needs to travel on today to keep in touch with local weather.
Dewhurst said: “There will be residue snow in places where they had snow and black ice.
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“Our advice keep in touch with local weather and local travel to see if there are any disruptions.
“The sunshine on Saturday will melt some of the ice and snow, but as the sun sets the temperatures will plummet again.
“There is a risk that any of the snow or ice that had melted will refreeze and further disruption is likely to happen.”
This UK weather graphic shows snowfall at 3am on Saturday, February 2
The Met Office forecast at midnight on Saturday February 2MET OFFICE
The Met Office forecast at 9am on Saturday February 2MET OFFICE
MET OFFICE The Met Office forecast at noon on Saturday February 2[/caption]
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