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Will it snow in the UK today? Latest forecast and weather map – The Sun

STORM Ciara is still kicking off in the north of Britain and is giving us a parting gift of up to six inches of snow and treacherous ice today.

Here's what the Met Office has to say about the white stuff and whether or not we should prepare ourselves.


Will it snow in the UK today?

Brits woke up on today from the coldest night of winter so far.

Snow is forecast for the highlands and high-level areas of northern England, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings.

The Met Office has said areas over 300m could see 15cm of snow, with 5-10cm set to fall above 150m.

Meanwhile, 1-3cm could fall below 150m.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said: "There's potential that we could see the coldest night of winter so far on Monday night going into Tuesday morning.

"It depends if we have clear skies over snow for long enough. This leads to cold temperatures, and we'll certainly have two cold days."

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “There's been almost no snow this winter for most – but the white stuff is finally on the way.

“A tongue of cold air is crossing the Atlantic from Canada, set to bring low-level snow.”

Where will be affected by snow?

The bulk of the snowfall will be hitting Scotland and the north where it is refusing to shift from the peaks.

Temperatures in the south and midlands are not likely to fall to appropriate temperatures so most of us will have to put up with sleet and rain continuing to flood our homes and streets.

Snowy cities and towns this week are:

  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Londonderry/Derry
  • Belfast
  • Perth
  • Inverness
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Carlisle
  • Derby
  • Dundee
  • Stornoway

Where are the snowiest places in the UK?

The places most likely to get snow int he UK according to the MET office are:

  • Cairgorms (76 days per year)
  • Shetland Islands (64 days per year)
  • Fair Isle (62 days per year)
  • Orkney Islands (59 days per year)
  • Copley, County Durham (52 days per year)
  • Leadhills (51 days per year)
  • Widdybank Fell (50 days per year)
  • Eskdalemuir (49 days per year)
  • Kinbrace (49 days per year)
  • Knockanrock (48 days per year)

What are the coldest UK winters on record?

  • There was a "little ice age" between 1300 – 1850 which saw the River Thames frozen solid
  • The worst UK winter on record was dubbed the "Great Frost", way back in 1683-84
  • The winter of 1739-40 is one of the worst on record with a severe frost, which saw temperatures plummet to -9C
  • In 1963 the Thames froze again as snow blanketed the country
  • Between 1978-1979 the UK suffered again under a modern "snowmageddon"
  • And in 2010, a "Big Freeze" across Britain saw an average temperature of -1C, the coldest for 100 years, the Met Office confirmed

Was December 2019 a record month?

Yes, it was – but not for the reasons you'd expect.

December 2019 was bizarrely the hottest on record.

It even gave us the hottest ever December day – amazingly in the Scottish Highlands.

Temperatures reached a glorious 18.7C.

And the Met Office revealed the last decade was the second-hottest in 100 years.

They put the scorching weather down to a "consequence of our warming climate".

The Met Office said that the 10 years from 2010 to 2019 had been the second-warmest and second-wettest decade in the country over the past 100 years, slightly behind 2000 to 2009.

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