Snowfall as wintry blast hits UK

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Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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A wintry blast brought a covering of snow to many parts of the UK this morning but forecasters have warned more substantial falls are on their way for northern parts, including blizzards.

Rain showers turned to snow in parts of south-east England – including areas of East Sussex and Kent – as well as in places in the North West, the West Midlands and Scotland.

Met Office forecasters said it had been difficult to predict where the rain would turn into snow this morning, especially as there was also hail among the precipitation mix in many locations.

And they said most of the accumulations were likely to disappear during the day as the temperatures rise to a maximum of around 7C (44.6F) in some places.

But Kirk Waite, from the Met Office, warned of freezing temperatures tonight followed by snow tomorrow morning on higher ground in Scotland and along the Pennines.

Mr Waite predicted strong winds expected across much of the country could also bring blizzard conditions to parts of the Highlands.

He said temperatures tonight could fall as low as -5C (41F) in some areas, including Yorkshire and the Highlands.

A band of wintry showers will sweep in from the east during Sunday morning which could bring heavy snow to high levels routes in northern England and Scotland and some accumulations at lower levels in some Scottish areas.

But the showers are expected to move away later in the day.

Simon Partridge, also of the Met Office, said: “The whole of the country will experience strong winds and severe gales over the course of tomorrow, meaning it will be a wet and windy day for many – and a snowy and windy day for northern parts.

“Winter is not over just yet.”

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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