UK winter weather forecast: New maps show parts of Britain will be hit by snow within days | Weather | New

The first widespread dusting of snow is expected to arrive in Britain in less than a fortnight – early December. Maps show on Tuesday December 7 that parts of Wales, Scotland and northern England could get coverage with finer details such as how long it will still be under wraps. Many forecasters predict snow showers cautiously, especially in more than a few days, due to a change in weather patterns that could make their forecast inaccurate. Just last week, the Met Office hinted at snowfall in its long-term forecast for December, but quickly changed it in the days that followed, signaling a possible lack of confidence in that particular element of the forecast. forecasts.

Met Office spokesman Oliver Clayton told he could not go into detail about the December 7 snow maps due to his distance. But Jim Dale of British Weather Services spoke of the developing weather model pointing to winter showers.

Speaking to today, he said: “It can’t be concrete that far but it seems like a change in pattern – continental air, colder, drier and yes maybe a little snow, but details and details are far from confirmed.”

As for temperature drops as this weather event approaches, Mr Dale said they will almost yo-yo for much of the country due to rain and choppy weather first. He added: “Not in a straight line – still lots of shifty Atlantic air bringing rain at intervals, so temperatures up and down seasonal averages.”

If the December 7 snowfall falls, much of the snow will actually fall in the morning, according to WX Charts, which shows most of it will have fallen around noon.

Again, due to the time between now and December 7, the maps don’t tell if the snow will stay until December 8 or if there will be more winter showers to come.

The Met Office Long Range Forecast for December 1-20 adds: “In early December the development of longer rest periods is favoured, which increases the likelihood of overnight frost and fog in some areas. Mild or very mild start to the period, although temperatures tend to drop over time.

“Confidence remains low for this period, although that is not unusual. Conditions should be more stable than recent times, with the potential for higher pressure to develop.

“It will likely bring drier and colder weather with frost and fog overnight, especially in the north, while the south is more likely to remain changeable. The temperature is likely to be at times below average.”

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NetWeather’s long-range forecast for that date, December 5 to December 11, only goes so far as to mention “widespread frost and fog” during that time.

Written by forecaster Ian Simpson, it says: “Confidence is relatively low for this week, but it seems likely that the high will be close to Great Britain for much of the week. At the start of the week, the Highest pressure will still be over Scandinavia, but later in the week there is an increasing chance that the high will become centered over and to the southwest of Britain bringing generally drier winds. west expanding into the north.

“Frost and fog are likely to be widespread at times, particularly at the start of the week and across southern Britain, which could lead to considerable potential for anticyclonic gloom to be a significant feature of the week.

“In the north it is likely to be milder, particularly later in the week, with westerly winds bringing warm air masses around the northern flank of the high.

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“The east of Scotland, downwind of the heights, could get quite sunny, while the west of Scotland, the northwest of England and Northern Ireland are likely to see lots of cloud. in this configuration.”

Looking ahead to later in December, NetWeather’s forecast is more focused on dry weather than anything snowing. He adds: “Short-lived snowfall is possible if Atlantic frontal systems eventually move into cold continental air, but it doesn’t seem likely for snow overall, focus being put on dry weather.”

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