The UK is set to be smashed by 15 days of wintery showers with up to 13 inches (34cm) of snow falling on one night as temperatures plummet to -7C, WXcharts have revealed. The new chilling low-pressure system bringing Arctic conditions is currently caught in between two devastating weather systems; Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. The first wave of wintery conditions will strike Britain this evening and has triggered the Met Office to issue two yellow and one amber weather warning.
The three heavy snow warnings covers vast areas of Scotland, and the north of England as far south as Manchester.
The first yellow wind and snow warning is in place across central and northern Scotland until midnight tonight.
A more severe amber warning covers central areas of Scotland, just south of Glasgow, until 9pm.
Meanwhile, a widespread yellow snow and ice warning is in place until midnight for southern Scotland, the northwest of England and as far south as Stoke.
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According to WXcharts the wintery blast will begin overnight tonight and will see up to 12 inches (31cm) of snowfall across the northwest of Scotland.
The widespread blast will blanket large parts of the country with Manchester and Wales also seeing up to 4cm of snow.
NetWeather.TV forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said the “wintery showers” will continue for at least the remainder of the week with “blizzard conditions at times”.
Mr Michaelwaiter said low-pressure will spread across the country as strong gusts of wind from Storm Ciara and the incoming Storm Dennis push the weather system across the country.
UK weather forecast: Temperatures are set to plummet to -7C
He said: “After the first snowfall of the season for some yesterday, it’s more of the same today with blustery, squally and lively wintry showers blowing through on the strong, gusty wind.
“We’ll be rinsing and repeating in terms of unsettled weather through the remainder of this week too, as more lows turn up to bring further spells of wind, rain and hill snow.
“We’ve even got a bit of ‘spot the difference’ looking likely this weekend as a deep low looks set to follow a very similar track to Storm Ciara.”
He added: “It’s across the north and west that the most frequent showers will be too, with southeastern regions seeing the best of the sunshine and in with the best shot of staying dry.
“Temporary accumulations of snow are possible even to lower levels during the heavier showers.
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“Still, once again it will be the high ground of Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and northern Wales seeing some sizeable accumulations with drifting and blizzard conditions at times.”
The blustery winds and wintery conditions will see temperatures begin to plummet from Wednesday onwards with lows of -6C in Scotland, 0C in the north and just 1C in the south of England.
Sub-zero temperatures will continue into Thursday with lows of -7C in northwest Scotland, -1C in the north and 0C in the south.
Another deep area of low-pressure will move across Britain from the Atlantic on Sunday night, bringing a blanket of 14 inches (35cm) on snow in Scotland.
The risk of wintering conditions will persist into the following weekend with more heavy show showers bringing eight inches (21cm) from Saturday 22nd of February.
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Mr Michaelwaiter said: “A deep area of low pressure then looks likely to move closer on Saturday, bringing another potentially very windy spell of weather, along with more rain.
“Very similarly to Storm Ciara, the low looks set to move past the north of Scotland during the weekend, keeping winds very blustery throughout and bringing colder air south later, with wintry showers. “
By the end of the month Netweather.TV snow risk maps show the wintery conditions will push southwards towards central and southern England from February 27.
The global forecast system (GFS) has turned the Midlands red from the 27th onwards with central England at high risk of snow.
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The Netweather.TV long-range weather forecast for the next two weeks expects a “polar maritime” weather system to continue across the UK as high and low pressure continues to collide.
It states: “Some of the polar maritime incursions may be cold enough to bring snow showers to high ground, especially in the north, and occasionally to low levels in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“The ridges of high pressure will bring some overnight frosts to the south.”
In the last week of February until March 1 the long-range forecast does not expect the wintery conditions to ease up with “not much change is expected in the overall weather pattern”.