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UK weather forecast: Brits brace as brutal ‘series of storms’ sees up to 20 INCHES of snow

UK weather: Bitterly cold temperatures forecast by Met Office

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Maps and charts indicate that, following an unsettled week beginning on Valentine’s Day, snow will settle in northern areas by February 18. Meteorologists have flagged the risk of a “potential windstorm”, with pressure systems bringing unsettled conditions like snow and stormy weather.

Maps from WXCharts suggest that, by midday on Valentine’s Day, 8cm of snow will fall over Portree, Scotland, with 2cm an hour over Inverness and Fort William.

Friday also sees 1cm of snow an hour falling over much of Wales, along with Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol by 6pm on Friday, with the rest of England expected to soak in 2mm an hour of rain.

Midday on Saturday sees an Atlantic front batter the west coast of Scotland, continuing a week of 3cm snowfall in the region.

By 6pm on Saturday, February 19, Scotland will have seen most of the snow clouds move away, while much remains on the ground, as northern England and Northern Ireland see lighter snowfall at 1cm an hour.

Carlisle and the Pennines are set to see between 3cm and 5cm of snow on the ground, with 1cm on the ground as far south as the Shropshire Hills, forecasts indicate.

However, Scotland sees the worst of the conditions with 42cm on the ground in Fort William and a staggering 51cm in the most northern parts, such as Ullapool and Dingwall.

Tony Zartman, AccuWeather meteorologist, told the week ahead sees conditions begin to worsen.

He said: “We will have to keep an eye on Wednesday of next week for a potential windstorm.

“A series of storms moving from the far North Atlantic will move across northern Europe during the middle and end of next week, accompanied by widespread rain (possible heavy in spots) and the potential for strong, damaging wind gusts.

“While it is still too far away for specific details, it does look like strong winds (over 50 mph (80 k/hr)) could cover a wide path of northern Europe from Ireland and the United Kingdom east through Scandinavia to the Baltic States in the Wednesday through Friday time period.”

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Mr Zartman added: “Initially, milder air will accompany the rain across the UK on Wednesday before colder air starts to return across the north on Thursday.

“At this point, the greatest chance for any snow through the 19th looks to be across Scotland. The chance for snow across southern England is low through the 19th as temperatures look to near to above normal through much of the period.”

WXCharts indicates the minimum temperature for February 18 will be -6C in Scotland, while it stretches between 3C and 9C in the south of England.

Overnight into February 19, conditions fall to near zero in England with 1C, but Fort William and mountainous regions in Scotland see lows of -7C.

In its long-range forecast from February 15 to February 24, the Met Office agree snow is likely in northern areas.

A forecaster said: “Tuesday will see a drier, milder and brighter start for most, with rain, heavy at times, in the northwest, moving east and south through the morning.

“Wintry showers are possible in the far north of the UK, where temperatures remain rather cold. Throughout the remaining week and beyond, unsettled weather is likely to continue.

“Frequent showers and longer spells of rain are likely for most, with a risk of snow mainly over high ground in the north. Western hills and upslopes will likely see the heaviest rainfall, with the driest conditions likely in the southeast.

“Strong winds will continue with a risk of gales, especially across the north and west, with severe gales in some coastal areas at times. Temperatures generally near normal to mild.”

It comes after Steve Ramsdale, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, warned an active jet stream will drive a series of low-pressure systems across the country, causing unsettled conditions over the weekend and into next week.

He said: “A new area of low-pressure, this time moving across England and Wales, arrives on Saturday night then slowly clears to the east on Sunday.

“This brings wet and windy weather to the country, particularly Wales, and we have issued a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for rain for this.

“As the system pulls away from the UK there will be another short lived, colder and more settled spell Monday night with one or two wintry showers possible over high ground in Scotland and perhaps a frost elsewhere.”

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued over South Wales for Sunday by the Met Office.

The Met Office said in a press release they will watch the systems past Wednesday “as it brings another wet and windy day with the potential for National Severe Weather Warnings to be issued”.

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