The Met Office has described an aerial battle between cold Arctic air and milder Atlantic air as the UK braces for blizzards and snow drifts. It’s the latest dramatic forecast as worsening weather conditions head south.
Gloucestershire is about to enter a severe weather warning zone for all of Wednesday and into Thursday morning. Heavy snow has been forecast for parts of the county by the Met Office and BBC Weather.
And on Tuesday afternoon, a series of tweets from the Met Office raised the stakes. It now looks like some disruptive weather could be heading to the south.
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The Met Office said a battle between cold Arctic air and milder Atlantic air will result in disruptive snow in some areas this week. It follows predictions of a ‘Beast from the East’ after a sudden stratospherice warming event last month.
It tweeted: “Most of the snow during the next 24 to 36 hours will be across South Wales and southern England. Snowfall amounts will be highly variable, especially at lower levels.
“However, parts of southern England, primarily south of the M4, are most at risk of disruption. The focus of the snow then shifts further north on Thursday and Friday.
“Significant disruption is likely in places and strengthening winds may lead to blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow.”
It added: “A cold and increasingly unsettled weather pattern is now becoming established across the UK with cold air from the north having pushed south across the whole of the country, bringing snow, ice and low temperatures for many.”
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