BBC Meteorologist Stav Danaos forecast “heavy” and “pretty significant” snowfall for central and eastern Europe this week. However, the weather presenter also warned of strong, “potentially disruptive”, winds pushing through much of western France and the British Isles and Ireland. There could even be some flooding in the eastern Mediterranean due to “spells of rain and gales”.
Mr Danaos told viewers: “Heavy rain and thunderstorms affected parts of Greece, in particular Athens, in the last 24 hours.
“This area of low pressure’s been spinning out there in the eastern Mediterranean.
“Strong winds, showers and thunderstorms moving around it, bringing all sorts of problems to southern western Turkey into much of Greece and the islands.
“Into southern Italy some snow over the high ground of the Balkans there.”
He continued: “Meanwhile we’ve got the next area of low pressure sweeping into the western side of Europe to bring the next spell of rain and gales.
“The area of low pressure in the eastern Mediterranean will slowly clear from Cyprus, pushing through the Levant to bring some heavy rain.
“Perhaps even some flooding here through Thursday and Friday.
“The next weather system will affect northern western Spain, Portugal, Biscay, into much of western France and the British isles and Ireland.”
He continued: “Into Italy, it turns very wet as well.
“It will be unsettled for the next few days for Paris and London, further rain at times.
“Some snow sunshine in Madrid, but it will be quite wet in Rome.
“Certainly for the next couple of days, and then it turns a bit drier late on.
“Showers and thunderstorms will clear from Athens, and we should start to see some sunshine into the weekend.”