UK weather forecast – 40 INCHES of snow in places as Met Office issues flooding alerts London hit by torrential rain

A BLAST of Arctic air is set to grip Britain, bringing with it more torrential rain and flooding and 40 INCHES of snow in parts.

The first two weeks of February are expected to be chilly with Scotland seeing a staggering amount of snow.

According to Wxcharts, central Scotland will see the most of the white stuff with 42inches on February 9, followed by western parts of England with 13cm.

A Yellow warning for snow was in place yesterday for parts of southern Scotland and northern and central England.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Alex Winter

    FORECAST FOR THE COMING DAYS

  • Alex Winter

    MORE RAIN – AFTER STORM CHRISTOPH BATTERED BRITAIN

    Mr Armstrong said that – despite a warning for rain – much less is expected than last week.

    There was flooding across large swathes of the UK as Storm Christoph hit.

    "Although a yellow warning for rain has been issued for Thursday rainfall, amounts will generally be lower than last week, with many areas seeing 20-30mm," he said.

    "However, 50-70mm is once again possible in isolated spots across parts of the western Pennines, Greater Manchester, and North Wales, and rivers are still high in this area meaning further impacts could be possible.”

  • Alex Winter

    CHILLY WEATHER PREDICTED IN THE NORTH

    The Met Office's chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong says it's going to be much colder in the north than the south tonight and tomorrow.

    “Late on Wednesday a weather front moves north eastwards across the UK bringing rain which turns to snow as it pushes further north and meets with colder air," he said.

  • Alex Winter

    ANYONE ELSE READY FOR SPRING?

    The capital's streets have fallen quiet during the lockdown – this photo was taken near London Bridge last night.

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  • Alex Winter

    MORE SNOW FOR MILLIONS ON FRIDAY

    This is the Met Office's warning for Friday.

    They say there'll be heavy snowfall and significant disruption for people heading out for essential travel.

    The warning ends at 6am on Friday, but the snow is likely to be an issue throughout the day.

  • Alex Winter

    VILLAGES 'CUT OFF BY SNOW'

    Met Office forecasters say there's a 'small chance' some rural communities in the north and Scotland could be cut off by the snow tomorrow.

    They warned: "There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

    "There's also a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off and that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected."

  • Alex Winter

    BRITS WARNED OF HEAVY SNOW

    Weather warnings are back in place for Thursday and Friday.

    Here's Thursday's, which is in place between midnight and 6am on Friday.

    Forecasters say heavy snowfall may occur in higher areas, bringing 'significant disruption' to travel.

  • Alex Winter

    SNOW JOKE

    So while it'll be milder today, temperatures will plunge tonight.

    The evening will be cloudy with rain for lots of us – and there'll be more snow over parts of Scotland and northern England.

    That'll fall mainly on hills and inland.

    From Friday, the snow will start to sweep south before turning into rain.

  • Alex Winter

    A DAY OF CALM – BEFORE MORE SNOW

    Good morning.

    Most Brits will be waking up to a much warmer day today.

    The Met Office says it'll be mostly cloudy with some patchy rain at times.

    That's different in Wales, southern England and parts of the Midlands and Northern Ireland, where more persistent rainfall is expected.

    But after that, it'll start getting much colder for many of us again in the next couple of days.

  • Abe Hawken

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    The Met Office added: "Early evening rain over Wales, southern England and parts of the Midlands and Northern Ireland spreading northwards and turning to hill snow over Scotland and northern England."

  • Abe Hawken

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: "Mostly cloudy for many, cloud thick enough for a little patchy rain at times with more persistent and more widespread rain for Wales, southern England and parts of the Midlands and Northern Ireland later.

    "Northern Scotland brighter and colder."

  • Abe Hawken

    RAIN TO CLEAR FOR A DRY NIGHT

    Rain expected to settle in for the afternoon over much of the UK will likely clear for a dryer night.

    "Mostly light rain in the evening will move away eastwards to leave the rest of the night dry but largely cloudy," Met Office said.

    Winds would likely ease, and minimum temperatures would hover around 3C.

  • Hana Carter

    ONE FOOT OF SNOW TO FALL ON THURSDAY

    Up to one foot of snow is set to fall in the North of England on Thursday as the rest of the country is battered with torrential rain.

    The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for severe snow on Thursday and Friday.

    Forecaster Alex Deakin said: "There is a potential for quite a bit of snow over above 200metres, we are looking at 15, possibly 30 centimetres of snow on some of the higher routes across northern England and also into southern and perhaps later on into central Scotland. "

  • Hana Carter

    FORECAST: THURSDAY TO THE WEEKEND

    Remaining cold in the north, but becoming mild for a time in the south with some heavy rainfall.

    Across northern areas, there is potential for some significant snowfall during Thursday.

  • Hana Carter

    LIGHT RAIN FOR WEDNESDAY

    According to the Met Office, Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with some light rain and drizzle.

    More widespread rain arriving from the southwest during the afternoon.

    Northern Scotland colder and drier but snow showers for Shetland.

  • Hana Carter

    WEDNESDAY FORECAST

  • Hana Carter

    WINDY BRIGHTON

    A wind skater in Brighton this afternoon taking advantage of the windy conditionsCredit: Brighton Pictures
  • Hana Carter

    RAIN FOR WEDNESDAY

    Wednesday morning will be milder with some rain around according to the Met Office.

    There will be a welcome break from the gloom as sunshine is predicted for Northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and central England.

  • Jon Lockett

    HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS TO FOLLOW SNOW

    Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to pummel the south-west of England and Wales from Wednesday, with the bad weather moving east from Thursday.

    Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said rain would pelter most parts of the UK over the next week, as the front moved from west to east.

    “Weather systems will pass over pretty much everywhere over the UK,” Claydon said.

  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE WARNS OF MORE 'DISRUPTIVE WEATHER'

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Neil Armstrong, said: “Late on Wednesday a weather front moves north eastwards across the UK bringing rain which turns to snow as it pushes further north and meets with colder air.”

    “Although a Yellow warning for rain has been issued for Thursday rainfall amounts will generally be lower than last week, with many areas seeing 20-30mm.

    "However, 50-70mm is once again possible in isolated spots across parts of the western Pennines, Greater Manchester, and North Wales, and rivers are still high in this area meaning further impacts could be possible.”

  • Hana Carter

    YELLOW WARNINGS IN THE NORTH AND MIDLANDS

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: SNOW COVERED FIELDS IN BUXTON

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  • Hana Carter

    RAIN TO CLEAR FOR A DRY NIGHT

    Rain expected to settle in for the afternoon over much of the UK will likely clear for a dryer night.

    "Mostly light rain in the evening will move away eastwards to leave the rest of the night dry but largely cloudy," Met Office said.

    Winds would likely ease, and minimum temperatures would hover around 3C.

  • Alice Peacock

    ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A COLD WEATHER PAYMENT?

    Thousands of households could be eligible for a cold weather payment; a scheme that applies when temperatures fall to zero degrees or lower for seven or more consecutive days.

    The payments, issued by the Department for Work and Pensions, apply every winter, and are designed to help struggling households pay their bills.

    According to The Mirror, Baroness Stedman-Scott at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: "Keeping warm throughout the winter is hugely important to staying healthy."

    You can check if you live in a qualifying postcode, here.

  • Alice Peacock

    SUNNY WEEKEND ON THE CARDS

    Most of the UK is in for a fairly dry, but chilly, weekend, after the country is peltered with rain over the end of the week.

    There would be sunshine for many after icy starts on both Saturday and Sunday, before we see a return to wet conditions at the start of next week.

     

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