Temperatures have dropped as a cold snap has brought widespread frost and some snow, with Scotland and the north of England the worst of the wintry conditions. Following the arrival of the colder weather, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 11am on Wednesday 30th January.
Here's the latest #Snowdar ❄️ Rain, sleet and snow has arrived from the west. Any snow in the south will be over the hills this morning, but possible to lower levels later 🌧️🌨️ pic.twitter.com/RSzzplswR6- Met Office (@metoffice) January 29, 2019
"Ice and snow expected across parts of Scotland and parts of northwest England on Tuesday morning," the warning for Tuesday states. On Wednesday, the Met Office warns of "rain turning to snow, especially on hills, then turning icy."
As we move into February, the cold spell is set to continue.
"Rain, and possibly outbreaks of sleet and snow will clear from the southeast on Saturday, whilst the north and west will be brighter with wintry showers," says the outlook for 2 - 11 February. "By Sunday the brighter, showery conditions should have become more widespread. Thereafter, it will stay unsettled with further spells of rain, sleet and snow, interspersed by brighter and showery interludes. Snow is possible across most parts of the country at times, with the potential for some occasionally disruptive snow, although there is uncertainty in any detail."
After the UK experienced some of the coldest weather for years when "the beast from the east" hit in the early months of 2018, it's unclear at this stage whether this kind of weather system will return. However, some bookmakers have cut their odds on this month being the coldest January on record, according to multiple reports.
"There is an increased chance of colder weather in the second half of January, and this would bring a greater likelihood of frost and snow," Met Office spokesperson Richard Miles told Country Living. "However, it's still too early to be certain of the extent of any snowfalls."
With wintry weather on the way, it's wise to keep an eye on the forecast where you are.
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