UK Weather: Met Office forecast freezing fog patches
Wintry weather conditions are expected to return later this month, according to a weather expert. The forecaster warned the notorious Beast from the East could make a return and sweep across Britain from January 20/21, with the latest weather charts also supporting this assertion.
Forecaster Jim Dale from British Weather Services told Express.co.uk current weather charts and conditions indicate the UK is “on the cusp” of another severe cold front.
He said: “There are signs that we could well go into another wintry spell, roughly from about the 20/21st of January onwards into February and that could actually bring another spell of seasonable weather or more than that.”
He predicts a battle will take place between the milder ridge that will be in the mid-Atlantic and west of the UK and the cold air making its way in from the east.
Mr Dale said: “That battle will take place probably around the 19th/20th.
“It will be from the east. So the Beast from the East really starts and it will come into the east first.
“The likes of eastern Scotland and East Anglia and the northeast they are likely to see it first.”
Weather charts support the weather experts claim, with a snow risk map by Netweather showing early indications of a cold front moving in from the east on Wednesday, January 20.
The chart shows a mass of green and yellow approaching the east of the UK, suggesting snow is on the way.
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The chart also shows Scotland is to expect a 100 percent risk of snow at 6am, while parts of East Anglia and the southeast have a moderate risk of snowfall.
WXCharts show a weather front forming to the east of England on January 23 at 6am.
The swirling weather system is represented by the red, orange and yellow colours set to sweep across the UK.
A second chart by the forecasters shows the UK turn dark blue on January 20, as temperatures are expected to plunge to lows of -10C.
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WXCharts also forecast up to 11inches (28cm) of snow in Scotland on Friday, January 22 at 12pm.
Forecaster Brian Gaze of the Weather Outlook also expects wintry conditions to return from the end of the month.
He told this website the cold weather front is set to be caused by a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event which is currently taking place.
Mr Gaze said: “Essentially that can have impacts on the UK’s weather several weeks down the line and it can increase the chances of cold weather, maybe several weeks after it has happened.
“So we would be looking at late January and early February. Should that be the case then the chances of snow increases as well.”
The forecaster said even the southeast could see snow flurries during this period, particularly in the last third of January and the early part of February.
The Met Office long-range weather forecast also predicts heavy snow between Saturday, January 23 and Saturday February 6.
They said: “Through this period there is a greater than average chance of cold spells across the UK with the associated risk of wintry hazards.
“There is potential at times for significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses, with greatest risk across central and northern areas.”
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