Issued: 0530hrs Friday 26th December 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Snow developing late Friday into Saturday
Dry and sunny again for Spain and Portugal. Fair too for southern France and northern Italy, although it will be very windy early in the morning near the southern Alps. Rain and wind arrives for north-west France. Dry but increasingly cloudy for Belgium and the Netherlands. Some sunshine for Germany, Denmark and Poland and the risk of snow flurries. A period of snow across the Balkans, Romania and Bulgaria, with rain moving into Greece and Turkey. Scattered showers for the Greek Islands and western Turkey. Remaining very cold throughout Scandinavia, with frequent snowfall in northern and western Norway. A cold north-westerly wind in the Baltic, and a few snow showers for Sweden and Finland.
Low pressure sweeps south-east into central Europe on Saturday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain and snow. A period of heavy snowfall is expected for the Swiss and French Alps in particular. An unsettled day for France as a cold front sweeps south, with a mix of rain, sleet and snow, arriving in the south by afternoon, and heavy snow developing for the Pyrenees. Heavy snow in western Germany, accompanied by strong winds. A cold, cloudy and windy day for eastern Germany. Dry for eastern Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland, although cold. A few showers for Denmark. Staying cold across Scandinavia, with sunshine and the risk of snow showers in the Baltic. Spain and Portugal remain dry and fine with sunshine, best in the south and west. Italy becomes wet, with snow in the north. Heavy bursts of rain developing for Corsica and Sardinia. Unsettled in Turkey, with frequent rain, although the Greek islands, mainland Greece and the Adriatic coast should remain fair. Rain arriving for Cyprus.