Snow flurries fell over London for a second day after Northumberland temperatures dropped -9 ° C. Britain was preparing for a so-called “Beast from the East II” that could bring more white stuff on its way today.
The sudden warming of the stratosphere (SSW) started on Tuesday and could trigger weather changes that would result in a severe cold snap in the UK.
Dr. Richard Hall, an expert on SSWs from Bristol University, said he was loading the dice or guessing the odds in favor of another blast of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures from Siberia.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow and widespread ice conditions.
Up to 3 cm of snow can fall on a hill. In today’s scenes in London there is only a slight dust that settles on the floor.
The UK recorded lows of -12 ° C yesterday in Loch Glascarn with freezing temperatures in London, while Manchester and Cardiff woke up to -2 ° C of mercury – after falling to -9 ° C overnight in Northumberland.
Heavy fog lines large parts of the country this morning, including over Bristol, Cheshire and Bolton.
Temperatures have stayed in the single digits for most of this week. Yesterday the highest recorded temperature in Ballywatticock, Northern Ireland, was only 6.7 ° C.
Snow showers and freezing fog flooded Scotland as a yellow weather warning blanketed the country.
Temperatures dropped to -9 ° C in Northumberland and snow fell overnight at Langley Castle near Haydon Brige
Snow fell over south London on Thursday morning as parts of England woke up to ice warnings that lasted for most of the day
Snow lay on the ground as fog covered Tatton Park in Cheshire this morning on a freezing morning across Britain
About three inches of snow fell over parts of Scotland tonight, but West Lanarkshire locals, including mother and daughter Amanda and Samantha Shaw, remain unaffected by the weather
Thick fog lines large parts of the country this morning, including over Bristol (pictured the Clifton Downs) as well as in Cheshire and Bolton, Greater Manchester
The Met Office warned of travel disruptions when it raised awareness of snow and ice that covered almost the entire nation through Thursday through midnight.
In the highlands at Loch Glascarnoch, up to 11 cm deep snow was registered, with temperatures in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway falling to minus 6.4 ° C overnight.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: “There was a fragmented front moving southeast. That brought the snow.
“We then have showers, these showers could even fall as snow – especially in northern Scotland.”
Snow is common across Scotland, although areas like the North East haven’t seen as much.
Forecasters said much of the Scottish interior will be dry for most of the day after the rain, sleet and snow are cleared on Thursday morning.
In Northern Scotland, however, snow showers are expected, especially in the afternoon and evening.
Another 2 cm to 5 cm are likely at low values of about 10 cm over 200 m.
This week’s cold snap covered much of Scotland with snow and ice – but a group of determined schoolgirls set out to make sure their community was safe.
Skye (6) and Amelia-Lily Henry (8) set out with friends Sophia (6) and Louisa Byrne (9) to take to the streets with sacks of salt on Monday and Tuesday at -3 ° C.
Mother Charlotte Fisher, 29, said, “Since this was a lockdown, I asked my girls if they’d like to go out to help with the crunch so that older people don’t harm themselves.
“They loved the idea, it gave them a little exercise and helped our community.”
Weather warnings for ice and snow cover Britain today (left), some remain in place for England and Scotland tomorrow (right)
Manchester woke up to -2 ° C this morning and downtown New Islington Marina is still frosty today
Temperatures have stayed in the single digits across the UK this week, hitting 6.7 ° C yesterday, with large swaths of the country covered in snow, including Northumberland
Heavy snow has settled over the North Pennines, Northumberland, with a cold snap to bring in more white stuff today
Snow and freezing fog in South Lanarkshire fall up to four inches over the highlands overnight, with temperatures dropping to minus 6.4 ° C overnight in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway
View has been restricted over the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol this morning due to heavy fog covering the western parts of England
Parts of the country woke up to minus two degrees today, but it didn’t stop some from putting on their shorts in the brisk South Lanarkshire cold
Tractors are clearing roads along the North Pennines in Northumberland, where temperatures have dropped to -9 ° C overnight, to ensure buses and other vehicles can travel safely
Fog has restricted visibility on the M5 Worcester, West Midlands, where a yellow ice warning is posted today
Rockford Common in the New Forest had a frosty and foggy start to Thursday morning as the UK’s cold snap continues
Manchester woke up to -2 ° C this morning with fog near Bolton (pictured) as some motorists still brave conditions to go to work during the third coronavirus lockdown in England
Even dogs in Scotland today had to put on their coats to brave the cold. The snow and ice warnings remain across the country for tomorrow, but conditions should wear off by Saturday
Snow covered roofs and trees painted a wintry picture this morning in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire. Despite Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown, some are on their way to the game
Chances are a second animal from the east could happen miles above the surface of the earth as a major weather event known as sudden warming of the stratosphere. It comes when Bristol saw fog and frost this morning
Forecasters say that later today and tonight, more rain, sleet, and snow can fall on frozen surfaces, which can lead to treacherous driving conditions.
The warning applies to North and East England, most of the Midlands, Wales and the South West. Slightly improved temperatures are forecast next week.
In the following, meteorologists closely observe the polar weather patterns.
A study by experts from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath shows how dramatic meteorological changes over the North Pole can have serious consequences for the UK’s weather.
During an SSW, the stratosphere – the layer six to 31 miles above the earth’s surface – can increase its temperature by up to 50 ° C within a few days.
This disturbance can travel to the surface of the earth through the atmosphere and cause shifts in the jet stream, the fast moving air currents that cool Europe.
British experts examined 40 episodes of stratosphere warming over the past six decades in the latest study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Exercise is still allowed under England’s third ban rules, but joggers faced heavy fog this morning in Bristol
It was a frosty start in West Bretton, Wakefield, this morning as parts of northern England awoke to a yellow weather warning of ice that spanned the west and east coasts
Large parts of the UK woke to sub-freezing temperatures this morning, with highs only hitting 3 ° C in winter
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow and widespread ice conditions. Up to 3 cm of snow can fall on high floors
The snowfall in London this morning wasn’t quite as impressive as yesterday. Only a few flakes settled over the containers of a Londoner
As fog lined the M5, Britain is preparing for a cold snap that could result in snow conditions similar to those of the so-called Beast from the East, which caused the travel chaos in 2018
Dr. Hall said that one SSW is “every two years in three” and one is “at the moment”.
In 2018 there was an SSW event two weeks before the “Beast from the East” brought 50 cm of snowfall.
Dr. However, Hall said that only two-thirds of SSWs make it to the surface and the current one could “just wear off”.
He added: “The main area of impact is over Siberia, where it gets very cold and then extends west towards Europe.
“We’re on the verge of it and so slight deviations can affect when it reaches us.”