SNOW/STORM ALERT LATEST

BRITISH WEATHER SERVICES’ – WEATHER ALERT UPDATE!
Issued: 1200 HOURS ON TUESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2017

Period of Validity: 0600 HOURS WEDNESDAY 11TH JAN > 1200 HOURS SATURDAY 14TH JAN 2017

Impacting Status’s:
Red
Red Watch
Amber
Amber Watch
Green
(status definitions = Red = Extreme Peril Amber = Moderate Peril Green = Slight to Moderate Peril)

Impacting Weather Elements:
Fog
Ice
Rain/Flood
Wind
Thunderstorms
Snow

Expected Impacted Regions:

WIND:
England: Northeast (Red Watch); Northwest; The Midlands; East Anglia; Southwest; Central Southern; Greater London; Southeast.
Wales: North; Central; South.
Scotland: Highlands & Outer Islands; Grampian & Aberdeenshire; Tayside & Fife; Borders; Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde.
Northern Ireland: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone.

SNOW:
England: Northeast; Northwest; East Anglia; Southwest (high ground only); The Midlands; Central Southern; Greater London; Southeast.
Wales: North; Central; South.
Scotland: Highlands & Outer Islands; Grampian & Aberdeenshire; Tayside & Fife; Borders; Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde. (Red Watch)
Northern Ireland: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone.

ICE:
England: Northeast; Northwest; The Midlands; East Anglia; Southwest (high ground only); Central Southern; Greater London; Southeast.
Wales: North; Central; South.
Scotland: Highlands & Outer Islands; Grampian & Aberdeenshire; Tayside & Fife; Borders; Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde.
Northern Ireland: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone.

Detail: Things are more or less on course as per the previous Weather Alert; with the high winds setting in later on Wednesday and increasing to their peak by the end of Thursday. Structural damage and hazardous driving can be expected in the red/amber zones.

The snow events will evolve and will no doubt change to a degree on what’s above; but the highlighted red and amber zones are thought most likely to see cumulative lying snow, blown about by the stormy/high winds of Friday.

Virtually all parts of the UK will enter into the freezer over the period, and although the wind/snow events will have relented by Saturday, a nationwide icy freeze will be apparent on Saturday morning.

WEATHER ADVISORY: Although this particular wintry snap may appear to be short-lived into the 2nd half of the weekend, the slide into frigid air and the ice /snow risks that brings, are expected to fairly quickly re-establish themselves as we move through the course of next week. The extreme cold over much of continental Europe is destined to come our way c/o easterly winds as the week unwinds, bringing with it frigid temperatures and a heightening snow risk, this time with eastern counties most to risk, including the London area. Space & watch!