Disruptive snow in the north east

[Updated 06:40 14/01/2021]

Snowy scene. Near to Grantown on Spey. Posted by dizzy daff

There will be an east to west split in the weather across the UK today. In the east outbreaks of rain increasingly turn to sleet or snow as colder air pushes back westwards. Further heavy falls are likely in parts of northern Britain and even some of central and southern England could see some sleet or snow this afternoon before it turns drier. In the west it will be milder with rain clearing to leave drier conditions.

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Snowy scene. Near to Grantown on Spey. Posted by dizzy daff View the full size picture.

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Thursday starts with outbreaks of sleet and snow in the north and east. In much of the south and west there are spells of rain. During the course of the day the risk of sleet and extends down into the Midlands, East Anglia and possibly the eastern edge of the Chilterns. Disruptive snow is expected north eastern Britain with accumulations possibly exceeding 20cm over high ground.

Drier and brighter conditions steadily develop in much of the west and south west.  In the late afternoon and evening the rain, sleet and snow in central and eastern counties fades away.  

Mild in south western England, southern Wales and Northern Ireland but cold or very cold elsewhere. Temperatures range from 0C (32F) in the north east to 10C (50F) in the south west. See the rain radar for the latest view.

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Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Thu 14th January

Tonight it becomes dry and under clearing skies a widespread frost develops. Temperatures could dip to -8C (18F) in parts of the north where there is snow on the ground.

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Tomorrow it stays mostly dry and bright. It will be cold and very cold in areas where there is snow cover. Later in the day cloud increases in the north west and outbreaks of rain push in.

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GFS, temperatures, 15:00 GMT Fri 15th January

Mixed outlook

The theme this weekend is for quite unsettled weather. On Saturday a band of rain pushes eastwards. It could be  preceded by a period of sleet or snow in much of central and eastern areas, particularly from the Midlands northwards. Drier and milder conditions follow in from the west.

Sunday is looking drier and brighter. Temperatures probably won't be far from the mid January average in the south and west but in the north and east it remains rather cold.

Early next week changeable weather continues. 

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Sat 17th January

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