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Freezing Rain and Heavy Snow will deliver Travel Misery Tomorrow




A rather rare and dangerous phenomenon known as freezing rain is likely to bring treacherous travelling conditions across then northern half of the UK tomorrow. This occurs when rain, from the Atlantic, meets cold ground temperatures as a result of a cold spell across the UK. The rain instantly freezes upon contact and can cause some challenging driving and travelling conditions with a layer of sheet ice forming. Quite rare for the UK – however it has the potential for some serious impacts. Our Weather Warning Interactive map below can be used to access the forecast for different areas. 

UK Weather Alert. Access your region with our UK WARNING map.

It’s across the north midlands, northern England and Scotland where the risk of ice and / or snow exists. Snow will be en large be restricted to the more upland areas of the central and northern Pennines, however near the borders of Scotland and into southern and Central Scotland itself could fall as snow to fairly low levels (100 metres / 300 feet). Some 20cm (8 in) could falls on the high ground here. For lower levels in northern England, and the North Midlands, yes there could perhaps be a little bit of snow, but it will be washed away by rain, even on high ground later. And here is where the risk is. This rain, coming onto contact with frozen grounds, will freeze quickly and on untreated roads, pavements etc could form a bit of an ice rink through tomorrow afternoon. So travel and outdoor plans need to be revised, especially if they involve rural or upland areas that will be colder and more susceptible to this “dangerous” phenomenon.




For the rest of the UK, a lovely day. Joking. Heavy spells of rain for many other areas with strong if not gale force southerly winds, adding to the travel misery. In fact northern areas that have the freezing rain and snow will also experience these strong winds, just making it even more pleasant. Oh Summer 2018, where did you go?

Snow and Severe Ice will bring UK travel Chaos tomorrow




A rather rare and dangerous phenomenon known as freezing rain is likely to bring treacherous travelling conditions across the northern half of the UK tomorrow. This occurs when rain, from the Atlantic, meets cold ground temperatures as a result of a cold spell across the UK. The rain instantly freezes upon contact and can cause some challenging driving and travelling conditions with a layer of sheet ice forming. Quite rare for the UK – however it has the potential for some serious impacts. Our Weather Warning Interactive map below can be used to access the forecast for different areas. 

UK Weather Alert. Access your region with our UK WARNING map.

It’s across the north midlands, northern England and Scotland where the risk of ice and / or snow exists. Snow will be en large be restricted to the higher parts of the central and northern Pennines, however near the borders of Scotland and into southern and Central Scotland itself could fall as snow to fairly low levels (100 metres / 300 feet). Some 20cm (8 in) could falls on the high ground here. For lower levels in northern England, and the North Midlands, yes there could perhaps be a little bit of snow, but it will be washed away by rain, even on high ground later. And here is where the risk is. This rain, coming onto contact with frozen grounds, will freeze quickly and on untreated roads, pavements etc could form a bit of an ice rink through tomorrow afternoon. So travel and outdoor plans need to be revised, especially if they involve rural or upland areas that will be colder and more susceptible to this “dangerous” phenomenon.




For the rest of the UK, a lovely day. Joking. Heavy spells of rain for many other areas with strong if not gale force southerly winds, adding to the travel misery. In fact northern areas that have the freezing rain and snow will also experience these strong winds, just making it even more pleasant. Oh Summer 2018, where did you go?

Milder next week, but turning colder on the run upto Christmas




Chances in % of a White Christmas for 2018 Please note, this is subject to change as we approach Christmas.

Colder than average conditions present across the UK right now will come to an end on Sunday / Monday with temperatures returning closer to average. However, next week does not look like a particularly present week with a good deal of Atlantic “wet and windy” weather. Tuesday could be a particularly nasty one with severe gales for England and Wales, bringing some disruption.




In the more shorter term, we have a nasty mix of severe weather forecast tomorrow, on Saturday, from heavy rain, to Ice Rain, snow and severe gales. Get more on Saturday’s forecast here:

⚠️SEE Snow and Ice Warning

Looking further ahead, there are some signs that temperatures will drop again by next weekend, around the 22nd/23rd of December, and thus this colder spell could affect the Christmas period. This is why chances of a white Christmas are slightly elevated for northern areas of Britain. – Less so in the south. These are only preliminary chances as it stands, more accurate risk levels will be announced a few days before Christmas. The limits of meteorology means one can only forecast with enough accuracy to not look like a fool around 4-5 days away.

There is a little uncertainty regarding this chance of a colder spell, however, and there’s a chance that temperatures could stay close to average during the season to be jolly. Chances of a white Christmas? It’s too early yet to give an accurate forecast for Christmas, however the chances of a white Christmas are quite good in the north if our forecast of colder north easterly winds verifies. This is why many northern areas have chances of 40-50% which is in essence quite high. The risk is less so down south, but still there.

Rare “Ice Rain” and Snow to bring UK Travel Chaos tomorrow




A rather rare and dangerous phenomenon known as freezing rain is likely to bring treacherous travelling conditions across the northern half of the UK tomorrow. This occurs when rain, from the Atlantic, meets cold ground temperatures as a result of a cold spell across the UK. The rain instantly freezes upon contact and can cause some challenging driving and travelling conditions with a layer of sheet ice forming. Quite rare for the UK – however it has the potential for some serious impacts. Our Weather Warning Interactive map below can be used to access the forecast for different areas. 

UK Weather Alert. Access your region with our UK WARNING map.

It’s across the north midlands, northern England and Scotland where the risk of ice and / or snow exists. Snow will be en large be restricted to the upland areas of the central and northern Pennines, however near the borders of Scotland and into southern and Central Scotland itself could fall as snow to fairly low levels (100 metres / 300 feet). Some 20cm (8 in) could falls on the high ground here. For lower levels in northern England, and the North Midlands, yes there could perhaps be a little bit of snow, but it will be washed away by rain, even on high ground later. And here is where the risk is. This rain, coming onto contact with frozen grounds, will freeze quickly and on untreated roads, pavements etc could form a bit of an ice rink through tomorrow afternoon. So travel and outdoor plans need to be revised, especially if they involve rural or upland areas that will be colder and more susceptible to this “dangerous” phenomenon.




For the rest of the UK, a lovely day. Joking. Heavy spells of rain for many other areas with strong if not gale force southerly winds, adding to the travel misery. In fact northern areas that have the freezing rain and snow will also experience these strong winds, just making it even more pleasant. Oh Summer 2018, where did you go?

Treacherous “Freezing rain” will bring UK travel misery this weekend




A rare, treacherous phenomenon called freezing rain could bring disruption to travel in the north this Saturday. This rare phenomenon is a result of rain falling onto cold surfaces. As milder Atlantic air makes inroads across the country, rain falls. However, as the surface temperatures on the ground are more stubborn to warm up, especially following a cold start on Saturday and cold weather through this week, this rain can actually freeze upon contact with the ground. This particular weather event can be quite dangerous because it can result in ice forming on untreated roads, for example more rural roads, which can catch drivers and road users out.




Let’s take a look at the forecast for Saturday though, because it looks quite crazy. We have strong winds producing gusts of 50-60mph for many northern and western areas, that in itself is enough to produce some disruption, with some ferry services running the risk of being cancelled through the day

We also have that snow risk, mainly for the hills of northern England and Scotland, as indicated by the areas below. Some higher regions above 300 metres / 1,000ft of elevation could see more than 10cm of snow. However to lower levels within the risk zone, accumulations will vary from “minimal” (0cm) to around 5cm (2 inches). Further south, any snow will be very temporary with more in the way of heavy rain forecast.

Winds will be strong so on high ground snow may drift around causing added issues. Elsewhere, just a wet and windy day with wind chills very cold. Certainly not a day to be out hiking for example. Temperatures will stage somewhat of a recovery next week, although Sunday will still be a bit chilly.

Grey indicates strong WINDS on Saturday, yellow indicates ICE AND SNOW

Interestingly, the areas at risk of freezing rain also have a risk of snow. This is because after the snow has fallen, across say higher Durham, Scottish Highlands and Pennines, the rain falls. This rain falls onto snow that is stubborn to melt so causes black ice (freezing rain). So if you’re travelling up north, be extra cautious of this ice that could form during the day on Saturday, vs the usual night time ice. Some routes such as the M74, A1 etc in the North could be affected by this freezing rain we speak of.

As mentioned, more central and southern areas will escape this risk altogether, perhaps a few “flakes” of wet snow on Saturday that will be quickly washed away by quite heavy rain and wind. Next week turns milder, however remains unsettled, so as the risk of snow decreases, there is a risk of further heavy rain and gale force winds.

Winter Storm DIEGO Declared – Heavy Snow Storm Forecast Sunday through Tuesday




To begin with heavy rainfall is forecast for much of Texas on Friday. Some of this will turn into wet snow in the Texas panhandle into Saturday morning. Through Saturday rainfall will affect much of the state of Oklahoma however later on Saturday will turn to snow into the northern regions.

Heavy persistent snow will is forecast for northern Arkansas and southern Missouri on Saturday with accumulations of 2-8 inches. The system will race through Tennesse and Kentucky on Saturday night bringing lesser accumulations of 1-4 inches. As the system heads towards the east coast on Sunday it will gain intensity. Very heavy and persistent snowfall is then predicted for a large portion of inland North Carolina and southern western Virginia with snowfall totals of up to 16-20 inches possible on the upland regions of the Appalachian Mountains within North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday however snowfall totals of 4-6 inches may spread out into the far south of West Virginia and east of Kentucky/ Tennessee, and potentially the far north of South Carolina as well through Sunday.




Winds will be quite gusty although not severe, so there’s the potential for some blizzard-like conditions especially on the Appalachian Mountains on Sunday however gusty weather is forecast to occur throughout this snow-system. Some snow drifts are possible, of 2-3 feet, however drifts of 4-8 feet are possible in upland regions of western North Carolina and Virginia that are most at risk from this storm.

Another issue will be heavy rain. There will be a lot of heavy rain in Texas on Saturday, rainfall rates of 6-8″ per hour are possible early on in the day for central areas as far south as Houston. Those rains are forecast to affect Louisiana later on Saturday. They will scour the Gulf Coast later on Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday giving heavy rains for the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama regions. Some thunderstorms or even tornadic activity can’t be ruled out. Especially on Sunday throughout central and southern Florida, southern Georgia and maybe south Carolina.

The “good” news is that a much less cold pattern is on the way. Temperatures are currently widely below average across the USA however once this winter storm has cleared less cold are forecast to spread from much of central and western Canada that will have above average temperatures from this weekend. Into next week those higher temperatures will become more nationwide. Much of the Mid West and Great Lakes will see a thaw and rise in temperatures through next week.