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UK COLD WAETHER ALERT LEVEL 2 21.02.18

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‘Beast from the East’ cold blast could bring freezing weather until March

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A cold blast about to hit the UK could last until March
A blast of cold weather known as “Beast from the East” is set to send temperatures plummeting across the UK.
 
The mercury is expected to fall steadily over the coming days, with snow and icy conditions forecast for large swathes of the country next week.
 
 
The Met Office said a rare North Pole phenomenon called a “sudden stratospheric warming” will bring a prolonged spell of cold weather that could last into early March.
 
The event disrupted the polar vortex in the upper atmosphere, resulting in bitterly cold air sweeping in from Siberia, according to forecasters.
A cold blast is expected to hit the UK that could last until March
A rare North Pole phenomenon will bring freezing temperatures
Next week temperatures are expected to hit 1C or 2C (33F or 35F) for most of the country, and -5C (23F) at night.
 
Sky News weather presenter Joanna Robinson warned that while spring should be approaching, winter was “far from over” for the UK.
 
She said: “There is increasing confidence that easterly winds will develop, dragging in very cold air from Siberia as early as next week.
 
“This set up is often referred to as the ‘Beast from the East’.
Parts of England are at risk of heavy snow showers
Parts of England are at risk of heavy snow showers
“It’s not just the UK that will be affected, much of Europe will see temperatures well below average.”
 
Ms Robinson said there is an “an increasing threat of disruptive snow”, with central, southern and eastern parts of England at risk of heavy snow showers.
Courtesy of Sky News

Urgent UK Weather Alert

Winter Weather Alert

Severe cold conditions will take hold from Sunday 25th Feb and last well into March. The potent freezing wind flow from Siberia will produce bone crushing wind chill along with heavy snow. Please stay safe and stay tuned to your local/national radio/TV stations for updates.

Powerful Arctic Cold Blast To Hit Europe

Powerful Arctic cold blast to hit Europe
Recent Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event above the North Pole is about to channel in very cold Arctic air into large parts of Europe starting early next week. Very cold weather could extend into early March.
 
“Global models are trending into a powerful blocking pattern developing across northern Europe, resulting in a channel for significant cold air advection from the Arctics and Russia towards Europe,” SWE meteorologists warned. “Some models are pushing the very cold weather well W-SW towards western and SW Europe as well, so basically a large part of Europe will be affected by the SSW.”
 
Signs of SSW event appeared in forecasts from late January and in the last few days, we have seen a dramatic rise in air temperature at around 30 km (18.6 miles) above the North Pole.
 
“A Sudden Stratospheric Warming implies around a 70% chance of cold conditions across the UK,” the UK Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Frank Saunders said.
 
“There tends to be a lag of about 10 days before we see the downstream effects on the UK’s weather, as it takes time for the influence in the upper atmosphere to feed down to those levels where our weather happens.
 
“The outcome for the UK’s weather is still uncertain, but forecasts from computer models at the Met Office and at other centers are beginning to coalesce around a greater likelihood of cold conditions in the days and weeks to come,” he said.
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