Summary

Wednesday 26th February 2020 to Thursday 27th February 2020

  • Yellow warning for snow and ice
  • North of M4 corridor from central Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia
  • 1 to 3cm of snow possible over the Cotswolds and Chilterns
  • Up to 5cm of snow over high ground in south Wales
  • Excludes north-east England and eastern Scotland

Friday 28th February 2020 to Saturday 29th February 2020

  • Yellow warning for rain
  • Wales
  • Parts of northern England
  • 15 to 30mm of rainfall likely across lower ground
  • 40 to 60mm of rainfall possible in higher areas
  • Flood risk to areas already affected by recent weather

Yellow snow and ice warnings for most of northern UK

Yellow snow and ice warnings are in force across most of northern UK, from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. North-east England and eastern Scotland are not included in this warning at the moment. The public should continue to monitor warnings as the weather develops.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said:

“The flow of cold air over the UK will lead to heavy, wintry showers and icy conditions overnight.”

“From 10pm Wednesday until 10am on Thursday, there is a Met Office Yellow warning for snow and ice. This warning is for most of the UK, north of a line from central Wales to the Wash. This warning does not include north-east England and eastern Scotland at the moment.”

“A low-pressure system will move in to the South West from the Atlantic overnight. This will bring a further period of rain to southern England.”

“As this system encounters the cold air further north over the UK, there is a risk of snow along this boundary. Because of this, we have issued a Yellow warning. This warning is in place north of the M4 corridor from central Wales, parts of the Midlands and East Anglia.”

“Snowfall up to 5cm is possible over higher ground in south Wales. 1 to 3cm of snow is possible over the Cotswolds and the Chilterns.”

“It is possible that rain may briefly turn to sleet or snow over lower ground across the Midlands, East Anglia and areas north of London. If this happens, it is likely to be in small amounts.”

Yellow rain warning in Wales and northern England from Friday

The rain, sleet and snow will quickly clear eastwards by late morning on Thursday. Any snow at lower levels will soon thaw.

On Friday and Saturday, the forecast remains unsettled. Yellow rain warnings are in force for most of Wales and parts of northern England.

Paul Gundersen continues:

“If warning areas, 40 to 60mm of rain is possible on the highest ground. 15 to 30mm of rainfall is likely across lower ground. This could bring further flooding impacts to communities and catchments that have already been affected.”

Flood risk possible in warning areas

Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said:

“Flooding has a long-lasting and devastating impact on people’s lives. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been flooded and continue to be affected by the persistent wet weather.”

“We have seen our third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather, continuing into this week. With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather, like this one.”

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