Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

A foot of snow expected in Wales

Snow and freezing fog conditions outside Broughshane, County Antrim
A young family enjoying a winter wonderland in County Antrim
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera

A fresh blast of snow is expected in many parts of the UK today, bringing with it another wave of travel headaches.

Forecasters are predicting up to a foot of snow on higher ground in parts of Wales, with lighter but still significant falls in areas of central England. With many people heading back to work after a Christmas break, drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads.

Paul Knightley, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said a system moving in from the Atlantic last night would meet colder air, forming snow.

“Across higher ground in central and south Wales, we can expect to see heavy snow — 20 to 30cm, or up to a foot, by lunchtime, with strong winds pushing it higher in drifts. Today is going to be a nasty day across Wales.

“We can also expect to see falls of 5 to 10cm (2-4 inches) in parts of the Midlands. We are not sure how far north or how far south this snow could fall. Southern counties may have some snow this morning, but not enough to settle.”

The forecast follows a spell of snow, sleet and ice which has gripped the UK for more than a week.

New Year's Day will also be chilly, with the northern half of Britain struggling to get above freezing during the day, while London will do well to reach 4C.

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