The Met Office issued snow and ice warnings for much of the UK on Wednesday morning as a wintry spell settles over the British Isles. With temperatures dipping below freezing, snow could reach even southern parts this week in the chilliest winter spell yet this year.
Where will it snow this week?
As you can see on the map below, snow will accumulate quite widely across the UK over the coming five days.
Western regions will see the heaviest snowfall, but the capital will see a fair dusting, as will the southernmost top of England.
The Scottish Highlands will, as usual, see the heaviest snowfall and greatest accumulations.
But parts of western Wales should be on the lookout for more than 20cm of accumulation over the rest of the week.
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What is the latest forecast?
The Met Office is forecasting temperatures “to fall below freezing” for much of the nation as the week rolls on.
Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “In early Wednesday, don’t be surprised to see some snow falling even in Wales and the south, although again most of any lying snow will be over hills.”
Showers in the south will often be accompanied by strong winds, while there is a risk of overnight ice across the north and west.
BBC Weather forecast reads: “A mix of sunny spells and wintry showers for all at first.
“Thereafter, the showers will persist across the north, with snow accumulating on some hills. In the south, the showers will gradually fade.”
Later in the week, things could turn generally wet again, posing further risk to flood-stricken regions.
Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency (EA), said: “Flooding has a long lasting and devastating impact on people’s lives, and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been flooded and continue to be affected by the persistent wet weather.
“Further spells of rain expected across England this week could cause further flooding, particularly in Yorkshire and the Midlands.
“River levels remain high and ongoing river flooding remains probable for the River Severn this week as it responds to continued rainfall.”
Ms Douglass urged anyone affected to make sure they are educated on all the facts.
She said: “We have seen our third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather, continuing into this week; with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.
“People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.”
As of Wednesday morning, the EA has two warnings for “severe flooding – danger to life” in place for the River Severn.
A further 101 warnings are in place for expected flooding, and another 145 for possible flooding.
England has seen more than 200 percent of its average February rainfall already this month, the EA reported.
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