Weather snow forecast UK – Brutal freezing powder to hit Britain AGAIN as Met Office warns of plunging temperatures

EXTREME weather is set to hit the UK, with freezing temperatures and flurries of snow expected – as Met Office warnings for dangerous ice remain in place this morning.

Temperatures of -10C are on the way – and the Met Office has predicted snow in the UK almost every day for the next two weeks, including today.

Forecasters say we may even see a rare white Christmas as an Arctic blast holds the UK in its grip.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has placed parts of the UK under a yellow weather warning for ice until 10am this morning.

The warnings cover around a third of the UK – with the biggest area encompassing the east of Scotland AND England, stretching from Edinburgh all the way down to NORWICH.

Read our UK weather live blog for the latest news and updates….

  • Joseph Gamp

    Met Office: Increasingly wet in western areas this evening

    The Met Office tweeted: "It'll be turning increasingly #wet for western areas this evening as #rain moves in

    "This could fall as #sleet and #snow to begin with, mainly for areas of Scotland

    "Feeling cold in the east but temperatures holding up a bit more under the cloud in the west."

  • Louis Allwood

    Clever towel hack to stop your car windscreen freezing overnight

    If you’re bored of spending an age de-icing the windscreen, one woman’s free tip will save you time each day – and all you need is an old towel. 

    She shared her nifty hack to TikTok, revealing she puts a towel over her windscreen overnight – which leaves her car frost-free in the morning. 

    It absorbs water and freezes instead of the windscreen, as she showed off her rock hard watermelon-themed towel, which she said was ‘like a crisp’. 

    She said: “When you put a towel on your windscreen to stop it freezing overnight.

    “It’s frozen itself.”

    So you can say goodbye to scraping ice in your gloves or boiling the kettle for warm water in winter.

  • Louis Allwood

    Army sent in as 30,000 homes still without power

    Extreme efforts are being made to get power back for thousands as the Army has now been drafted in.

    Some 30,000 homes across the UK have spent almost a week without power due to the raging storm, with MORE snow still set to fall.

    Around 19,500 homes are still without power due to the damage caused by Storm Arwen, according to Downing Street.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman said a further 7,949 homes had had power restored since Wednesday – meaning 98% of the 950,000 homes originally affected now had electricity.

    He said: "We are in hourly contact with network operators to reconnect power.

    "We are working urgently to ensure welfare and shelter is provided to those households that need it.

    "We still expect the majority of homes to have their power restored by the end of the week."

  • Louis Allwood

    Do you leave the heating on for your pets?

    Millions of Britain’s animal lovers who admit they keep their home heating on when they go out to ensure their fury friends stay warm, according to a new report yesterday.

    For the latest research by Toolstation shows that more than four in ten- 43per cent – of the UK population leaves the central heating on for their pets when they leave home.

    Half of those people worry that their pet will feel cold when they are not around, says the study which found that devoted owners are putting a lot of energy into keeping their four-legged friends happy when they are out of the house.

    The report says that for many Brits pets are a part of the family and it gives homeowners peace of mind to know their pets are not chilly when they are left at home.

  • Louis Allwood

    Will we have a White Christmas in the UK?

    November – Colder conditions are expected in the period, with a risk of wintry showers, mainly in the north. Temperatures are likely to be close to or just below average.

    Under high pressure, frost and fog are likely overnight, with any fog slow to clear during the morning, according to the Met Office long-range forecast.

    December – Forecasters predict December will see fog and frost early in the mornings.

    The north will see more changeable weather.

    January – January is typically the coldest month of the year in the UK. Most parts of the UK will see rain while London and parts of the south might see snow, according to forecasters.

    Temperatures are expected to reach between 2C and 7C.

  • Louis Allwood

    What do you do if you hit black ice?

    • Stay calm
    • Do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice
    • Don’t brake
    • Try and keep the steering wheel straight
    • If your back wheels start to slide left or right very slightly turn the wheel the same way
    • If you turn in the opposite directing you risk skidding and spinning off the road
    • Slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator

    Long range weather forecast for the 6th to the 15th December

    The Met Office have said that it will be a cold and frosty December.

    They said "A cold start to Monday with overnight frost and ice possible.

    "Cloud increasing from the west through the day with outbreaks of rain, possibly wintry down to low levels at times in the north and east of the UK.

    "Likely turning windier during the day with strong winds most likely in the west.

    "For the rest of the period, unsettled weather dominates with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers.

    "More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times. Initially these more likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times.

    " Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout."

    How to demist your windscreen

    Start the heater off cold and then slowly increase the temperature, this will stop the car becoming full of hot “wet” air.

    Make use of the air-con if you have the feature as this will prevent condensation.

    Similarly with a clever climate control system, these features will automatically adjust to achieve the best results.

    If you do not have air-con or climate control leave your windows slightly open to clear the windscreen faster.

    Never drive away until your windscreen is clear.

    December looking to be a cold month

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

    “From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for number of weeks.

    “Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”

    • Louis Allwood

      It will feel cold when stepping out today

      There will be sunny skies for many this afternoon as showers ease off in the east.

      Northern Ireland and the NW Scotland will be hit with cloudier skies and rain will lurk not far away.

    • Louis Allwood

      Temperatures will hover around freezing

      WXCharts weather maps show up to five inches will fall in the Scottish Highlands, but snow could even fall as far south as Southampton.

      Overnight temperatures will hover around freezing further north, rising to highs of just 4C throughout the day.

      It will be exceptionally crisp in central Scotland and the Midlands near Buxton and Hartington, Derbyshire, where it may not climb above zero all day.

    • Louis Allwood

      It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas

      BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

      It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

      Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

      The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

      London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

    • Louis Allwood

      Tops tips from the AA on driving safe in Storm Arwen aftermath

      • Give yourself time: Allow plenty of extra time for your journey, including time to de-ice the car. It may take longer but it also means that you will have full visibility which in bad weather is vital.
      • Don’t be tempted to pour hot water over the screen – if has a chip the sudden change in temperature could lead to a crack. Best way is to use a scraper. And don’t leave your car alone with the engine running, that’s an invitation to thieves
      • Stay topped up: Top up the windscreen wash with a good quality additive to reduce the chance of freezing. Keep at least quarter of a tank of fuel – an accident or closed road up ahead is likely to result in long delays.
      • Choose your route: Check your route for accidents or closures before you leave and, if possible, favour roads which have been gritted.

      Waze app notifies users of most recent road hazards

      Ruairidh Roberts, UK Country Manager at Waze, commented: “As parts of the UK have faced the effects of the arctic plunge and Storm Arwen, we urge motorists making essential journeys to be extra diligent.” 

      “At Waze, we are expecting delays around the country as the turbulent weather causes chaos on British roads. As a result, we’ve sent out push notifications to our app users, encouraging them to report hazards caused by the bad weather.

      “To report weather-related issues in Waze, users should tap the report button > hazard > weather, and select the option relevant to the event. Drivers can also use voice commands by saying “Ok Waze” and following the options to report weather disruption.”

      Don’t pack away your mittens too quickly – the snow will be back in coming days

      Snow is forecast across parts of England and Scotland over the next four days as temperatures dip below freezing.

      Snowfall and ice is expected in the north of Scotland on Wednesday evening and the Northwest will see snow showers later on Thursday.

      But the snow flurries are not expected to last and milder air will bring slightly warmer temperatures for the weekend.

      Weather forecasters at WXCharts are predicting fresh snowfall to hit the Highlands on Wednesday and the north east of Scotland to be affected on Friday.

      A light covering of new snow will fall on Glencoe mountain resort and Ben Nevis ahead of the weekend. Temperatures will also dip below freezing on Thursday morning near Perth in Scotland.

      • John Hall

        December looking to be a cold month

        James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “December is now looking to be a cold month throughout.

        “From mid-month and into the final third of December could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for number of weeks.

        “Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly, and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”

      • John Hall

        It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas

        BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

        It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

        Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

        The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

        London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

      • John Hall

        Tops tips from the AA on driving safe in Storm Arwen aftermath

        • Give yourself time: Allow plenty of extra time for your journey, including time to de-ice the car. It may take longer but it also means that you will have full visibility which in bad weather is vital.
        • Don’t be tempted to pour hot water over the screen – if has a chip the sudden change in temperature could lead to a crack. Best way is to use a scraper. And don’t leave your car alone with the engine running, that’s an invitation to thieves
        • Stay topped up: Top up the windscreen wash with a good quality additive to reduce the chance of freezing. Keep at least quarter of a tank of fuel – an accident or closed road up ahead is likely to result in long delays.
        • Choose your route: Check your route for accidents or closures before you leave and, if possible, favour roads which have been gritted.

        Can I still have the Covid booster if I have a cold?

        The short answer is yes.

        If you are certain it is not Covid you are suffering with and you are well enough to leave home, you can get your third shot with confidence.

        It might make you feel a bit rougher than if you weren’t ill, but overall it’s perfectly safe – and you can emerge from your sickly funk safe in the knowledge you are protected against coronavirus.

        A cold shouldn’t have an effect on your body’s ability to build an immune response to the flu, even though it is fighting an illness.

        NHS guidance says you should still attend your appointment even if you have a mild illness, including a common cold.

        This morning's weather

        Many have woken up to wintry showers this morning.

        Mainly areas in the north and east were affected as well as parts of London.

        Four-year-old amputee conquers all in wake of storm Arwen

        A four-year-old amputee hiked through snow and wind to become the youngest to scale Snowdon.

        Albie-Junior Thomas had his left foot amputated when he was 15 months old after he was born with a condition which made it deformed and his leg shorter.

        But it hasn’t stopped him – and he’s been charging around on his prosthetic since he was two, with dreams of one day competing in the Paralympics.

        And on Sunday – in the wake of Storm Arwen – he scaled 3,560ft to the peak of highest mountain in Wales on Sunday.

        • Louis Allwood

          Frosty in Manchester

          Today's forecast for Manchester is a cold one as it will be a frosty but bright start.

          Remaining dry and bright, though continuing to feel chilly with an early frost likely after dusk.

          Turning cloudier through the evening from the west. Maximum temperature 5 °C.

        • Louis Allwood

          London and South East weather forecast

          Outbreaks of sleet and light snow in the west, soon clearing.

          Then largely dry with prolonged periods of sunshine, but patchy cloud across the far east of the region may produce the odd shower.

          Feeling cold with brisk northwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 5 °C.

        • Louis Allwood

          Second yellow warning of ice

          London & South East England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands.

          Starts: 12am on Thursday 2 December.

          Ends: 10 am on Thursday 2 December.

          Icy stretches likely to develop on Thursday morning – Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

          Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths – Some roads and railways may be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

        • Louis Allwood

          How is snow formed? 

          With snow hitting many parts of the UK, many people have been left asking… how does snow form?

          A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. This creates an ice crystal.

          As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of the snowflake.

          The intricate shape of a single arm of the snowflake is determined by the atmospheric conditions experienced by entire ice crystal as it falls.

          A crystal might begin to grow arms in one manner, and then minutes or even seconds later, slight changes in the surrounding temperature or humidity causes the crystal to grow in another way.

          Although the six-sided shape is always maintained, the ice crystal (and its six arms) may branch off in new directions.

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