As i read through some of the replies, i am grateful to see people appreciate the potential cold weather. I also see posters pointing out have the
Americans and Canadians are laughing at us.
What i will say in response to this is this:
1. Canadians and Americans have the infrastructure, culture and ability to deal with far harsher weather than us
2. The Americans living on the East Coast of the US, anywhere from North Carolina North can expect to have very cold temperatures with lots of snow.
Maybe a US member can provide a better synopsis as i dont study US weather patterns.
Back to the UK...
Take This As You See Fit...
The latest model outputs have again upgraded snow potential. The main areas that will be affected initially are:
Imagine a line between say Bristol and Newcastle, teh area in between could see a very disruptive spell of snow. This could last anywhere from 6-24
hours with severe drifting and very low windchill.
As you may or may not know, the Met O have a level 3 weather warning in place to be alert, which is 1 step below an Emergency. I am not definately
sure yet, but based on potential snow depths and forecasted wind, we could see some areas upgraded to Emergency status level 4.
Some snow totals could exceed 2 feet, which in blizzards can cause very deep drifts.
This is not an over reaction, this is quite a confident forecast. The difficulty lies in predicting marginality and zones affected.
This is forecast for Friday through Saturday.
All areas of the UK can expect snow over the weekend, how much you get is difficult to say but the areas above look to be in the firing line first and
ETA: Dont be surprised if we get very close to the England and Wales all time cold record during the next week.
edit on 15/1/13 by jrmcleod
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