Cold with rain, sleet and snow

[Updated 06:40 03/12/2020]

A sprinkling of snow in the Chilterns. Posted by brian gaze

Outbreaks of rain spread across southern and central Britain today. Over high ground in central areas they could turn to sleet or snow at times. The north of the UK has brighter conditions but disruptive snow is expected in parts of eastern Scotland tonight. The cold and changeable theme continues through the rest of the week.


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Thursday starts with wintry showers in the northern half of the UK. In southern and central areas there are outbreaks of rain and through the day they push eastwards. Over high ground in Wales and the Peak District sleet or snow is likely at times. There could also be some sleet mixed in at lower levels during heavy bursts. Across the north showers fade away to leave dry and bright conditions. 

Temperatures range from 4C (39F) in the north to 8C (46F) in the south. See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Thu 3rd December

Tonight outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow push into north eastern England and Scotland. Significant accumulations of snow are possible and they could lead to travel disruption.

Heavy bursts of rain also affect eastern England. In places they could turn to snow and some accumulations are possible, especially over higher ground.

Wales and south western England have wintry showers. Elsewhere clear periods allow a patchy frost to form.


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Tomorrow brings a mix of showers or longer spells of rain, sleet and snow. The greatest risk of snow is over high ground in central and northern counties. The south may be drier and brighter for much of the day. Cold in all of the UK. Windy in the north and west.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Fri 4th December

Cold and wintry outlook

Through the weekend rather cold and changeable weather continues. Saturday brings sunny spells and showers. Most of the showers will be of rain but over higher ground they bring snow at times.

Showers are likely to be more scattered in England and Wales on Sunday. Many places could have a dry day with sunny spells. In Scotland and Northern Ireland there is a risk of persistent spells of rain, sleet and snow. It remains cold with quite a widespread frost and patchy fog early and late in the day. 

During the first half of next week the rather cold and changeable weather continues. There is a risk of longer spells of rain at times with snow still possible, especially over high ground in the northern half of the UK.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Sun 6th December

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