A “wall of snow” was predicted to hit the UK today, claimed weather forecasters, as they said an Atlantic storm is set to sweep through and threaten us with sub-zero temperatures.
Some experts even believed that the UK was due some “widespread snow” after reviewing computer modelling. However, despite the maps, others experts now say it is unlikely.
An expert says the Atlantic storm will bring over freezing air from the USA, which would collide with he warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico, meaning a supercharged jet stream would be created and would bring us colder conditions, reports the Mirror.
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American forecasts expected colder weather here, while the UK's Met Office forecast wet and milder conditions.
Exacta Weather ’s James Madden said: “Some computer models are now favouring a bitter easterly blast later next week, and this could bring the risk of widespread snow.
“This is expected ahead of next weekend and if it happens, temperatures will plunge across the country.
“Snowfall in parts could bring the risk of disruption, and depending on the severity of this blast, this could be on a scale or greater than anything we have seen so far this winter.
“We could see temperatures dipping to -10C or even -15C in some urban regions in a cold spell that could hold out for seven to 10 days.”
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “A huge area of cold air across North America is coming up against milder air to the south, and we are getting a powerful jet stream which is helping to deepen areas of low pressure.
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“An area of low pressure deepens explosively and becomes a real beast coming out of North America, and although that’s deepened by the jet stream, the size of that low affects the shape of the jet stream and helps to push its energy southwards and northwards amplifying the jet stream.
“This will have a knock-on impact on the shape of the jet steam coming over the UK and helping to develop an area of low pressure coming across Greece.”
Other forecasters have said that towards the end of this month, February 4, snow could fall but not just yet.
Mr McGivern added: “What we think is that there is an 85% chance that next week will start off colder and drier in the south but milder with some rain in the north.
“Then gradually through next week westerlies will sink south bringing changeable but milder air across the UK. But there is a 15-per cent chance that it will turn very cold especially across the south and east with snow.”
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