BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of 10cm of snow
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The imminent arrival of Storm Barra has seen the Met Office issue yellow weather warnings for snow throughout Tuesday across the West Midlands, East Midlands, North West England and most of Scotland. This warns of travel chaos for millions of drivers and commuters throughout the UK, as well as the possibility of power cuts – which continue to be a nightmare for several communities. But the latest weather maps show a bitterly cold deep freeze is barrelling its way towards Britain bringing with it huge amounts of snow, with large areas of the country under threat.
The freezing temperatures will begin to hit as soon as Monday evening, with lows of -5C in an area of Central Scotland before plunging to as low as -8C at around 9pm, according to the most recent chart from Netweather.
This map quickly turns icy blue overnight on Tuesday and first thing in the morning as the horrific deep freeze takes a firm grip on the nation.
Temperatures throughout large areas of Scotland could plummet as low as -8C on Tuesday morning, with -2C in Northern England as the rest of the country struggling to get above freezing at times.
The mercury will nudge up slightly throughout the course of the morning, with lows reaching -5C in a region north of the border but remaining at -2 and possibly falling to -3C in Northern England.
This freezing air will trigger heavy snowfall as early as tonight (Monday evening), with the latest maps from WXCHARTS showing 10cm falling on North West Scotland, with a couple of centimetres blanketing North West England.
But the snow intensifies throughout Tuesday afternoon as the weather maps turn white, with up to 23cm forecast to fall in Central Scotland by early evening.
England won’t escape this, with up to 3cm set to fall throughout northern areas of the country.
The heavy snow continues into Wednesday morning, with the charts once again showing 23cm falling in Central Scotland, with large areas of England across the Noth East, North West and Midlands also under threat.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tyler Roys told Express.co.uk: “Tonight (Monday), temperatures will reach a low ranging from 5C in far southwest England to around 0C in London and the Midlands to -9C in the Scottish Highlands.
“Tomorrow, more of southwest England will be around 10C, with London and the Midlands around 6-8C.
“Farther north in Northern England it will be a bit chiller with temperatures only reaching a high of 2-3C, while Scotland will continue to range from -5C to 5C.
“Much of this chilly air is coming from two sources, one is Greenland and the other is northwest Russia through the southern half of Scandinavia.”
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He added: “There is a high risk of snow for locations above 1,000 ft (305 m) in the northern Pennines and the Scottish Highlands Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.
“Generally, up to 6 inches (15 cm) of snow is expected, though locations in central Scottish Highlands could see upwards of 12 inches (30cm).
“The snow will occur while it is windy, so blizzard conditions are expected for the northern Pennines and the Scottish Highlands”
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told Express.co.uk: “There is colder air being drawn in as part of the weather pattern we’ll be seeing over the next few days.
“Temperatures could get as low as -6C in rural areas in the north overnight tonight, and widely below freezing elsewhere with a risk of ice overnight, especially in western areas.
“These cooler temperatures coincide with Storm Barra moving towards the UK on Tuesday – a low-pressure system that was named by the Irish Met Service Met Eireann.
“Barra will also bring the risk of snow for northern areas, as has been reflected in the yellow warning for snow in areas of Scotland and northern England.
“The heaviest snow is expected in the highest ground in the warning area, where up to 10cm is possible, but the wider warning area is likely to see around 2-5cm of snow.”
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