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Snow Patrol - Winter Weather Closes In

13 January 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Vicky Lopez of De-Ice (a gritting specialist that utilises a variety of weather forecasting systems to run the business) has tapped into her resources to give us an outlook for the next two days, saying it's a bit of a roller hold on to your hats. (Please note, this article has been drafted from notes requested at short notice. The accompanying video is courtesy of The Met Office.)

An unstable air mass of low pressure moving in from the west gives us a cold, showery night with many showers being wintery.


Scotland - From now until around 10:00am tomorrow, showers will fall as snow even down to low levels.  Two bands of threatening weather one Tuesday evening and the other Wednesday morning could bring disruptive snowfall and effect travel.  Continuous accumulations to higher ground.

Wet windy weather with wet snow on higher ground (100 meters+) will move east through Midlands, eastern and southern England and into East Anglia later today.  Most of us will get away with wet windy weather with the occasional hail/sleet/snow flurry but watch areas over and above Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland will be downwind of the Bristol Channel, through parts of the West Country, Gloucestershire and up into Oxon, Northants, Bucks.


Snow Summary

Western and central Scotland could see 5-10cms, locally 15cms above around 100 metres but some to lower levels too; the Southern Uplands, 2-4cms above 100 metres; western and central Ireland/N Ireland, 2-5, locally, 8cms above 100-150 metres; the Pennines/Lakes 2-5cms, locally 10cms above 100 metres, with up to 1cm possible across NE England if any showers move across; Wales, 2-5cms above 100-150 metres, especially central and south Wales; Cornwall, 1-2cms above 150 metres; Devon, 2-5cms above 150 metres; the West Country (e.g. Gloucs, Wilts, Bristol) 2-5cms above 100 metres; a zone from around Berks up to Northants and into the W Midlands, 0-2cms above around 100 metres, further east into E Anglia/Lincs, the risk of a local covering. Other regions are at a low risk of a covering.


Wind and rain follow Wednesday into Thursday

Our forecasting is from MeteoGroup and we look at radar and models from them and the MetOffice amongst others - we only go by our forecasts and are not qualified meteorologists. I've attached our latest radar view (pictured) and we will be monitoring the weather fronts as they move in overnight.

We are providing our clients with gritting across the country this evening as temperatures drop widely below zero and will be prepared to respond to any heavier snow events.  We would always say check local news/raido before travel if adverse weather is predicted.  Always drive in line with weather conditions and take warm clothing (and sensible shoes ladies!).  If the advice is not to travel unless it's an emergency - then heed the warning.

Fortunately, there is milder, wetter weather to come.

Victoria Lopez


Article written by Victoria Lopez | Published 13 January 2015


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