As the world says goodbye to 2019, the UK looks to be entering into a cold and wintry start to the new year. While the weather is mild for many of us at the moment, long-range weather forecasts and maps show the UK could witness snow and strong winds later this month.
According to WXCharts weather models, much of Scotland and other parts of the UK are forecast to see some snow depth around mid January.
On January 18, model maps show parts of Scotland could be covered in over three inches of cumulative snow.
The same map also shows some snow could be possible in northern England and parts of Wales.
In addition, the UK could experience strong winds in the middle of the month.
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UK snow MAP: Snow depth map for January 18
WXCharts peak wind gust models show some regions in the north of England could see winds of up to 65mph on January 18.
In Scotland, where most of the snow is forecast to fall, the map is mostly red.
This indicates peak wind gusts of 46mph could be possible around this time.
A cold band of weather will hit Norway later this month, which could spread to the UK.
UK snow MAP: Temperature forecast map for January 13
UK snow MAP: Peak wind gust model for January 18
The storm will potentially bring with it snow, ice and maybe even sub-zero conditions.
The Met Office long-range forecast is currently predicting some snow and strong winds could be possible between January 16 and January 30.
The Met Office website states: “Spells of heavy rain and strong winds look most likely across northern and western parts.
“These could be interspersed by more showery interludes where some snow could fall over higher ground.
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“The best of any drier and brighter conditions appear most likely across the east and southeast.
“There is still a chance for some rain here at times.
“Temperatures look to be above average across the north with the potential for some colder spells.
“Further south, temperatures should be around normal for the time of year but may be rather cold at times.”
UK snow MAP: Weather forecast map for Friday, January 3 at 5pm
Today (January 2), the UK is forecast to see heavy rain in some areas tonight.
The Met Office forecast states “rain across northern areas, heavy on western hills” will clear to windy weather later tonight, with some “blustery showers” and ice patches possible.
Tomorrow the rain is expected to move on in southeastern areas, and the day will be “much brighter for many”.
The Met Office outlook for Saturday to Monday reads: “Mostly dry in the south over the weekend with some bright spells and overnight patchy frost.
“Cloudier further north with occasional rain. Becoming wet and windy for all on Monday.”