UK Forecast- January 29, 2015
Sunshine and snow showers
Staying cold this weekend
Belts of sleet and snow spread from the north through the day. These aligning into bands in a strong north-westerly wind, meaning locally sleet or snow may persist for several hours. Western regions of Britain and Ireland are most prone to snow showers, also northern Scotland and Northern Ireland. Lines of showers may also extend south from the Irish Sea into the western Midlands. Easternand southern counties of England, plus southern and central Scotland are likely to avoid the worst of the showers, with sunshine breaking through. A few showers may also graze along North Sea coasts. Feeling cold in the wind at just 2 to 5C, perhaps 6C in the far south.
Areas of snow showers will continue to cluster together and spread southwards throughout the night, giving local accumulations, mostly in areas exposed to the north-westerly wind. Northern Scotland, north and west Wales, Northern Ireland, and perhaps south-west England are most prone to showers, whilst North Sea coasts may also catch bands of snow showers. Icy patches forming, overnight lows typically +1 to -2C.
Low pressure centred in the North Sea brings a cold and unsettled day. Bands of snow showers move southwards, most persistent for northern Scotland and North Sea coasts, also Ireland and the Irish Sea coasts of Wales and south-west England. Further accumulations of snow are likely, not just restricted to higher ground. Inland regions of northern England, the Midlands and southern England are likely to remain drier and brighter overall with sunshine, although occasional belts of snow showers may move south from time to time. Temperatures around 0 to 4C but feeling sub-zero in a strong northerly wind, reaching gale force around coasts and hills in the north and west.
A cold northerly wind affects Britain and Ireland. Frequent snow showers for coastal counties in the east, west and north, with bands of showers merging into near constant snow on North Sea coasts. Brighter skies, with plenty of sunshine inland for central and southern Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and south, although a few snow showers may push south from time to time. An area of rain, sleet and snow may graze across south-western Ireland as an area of low pressure west of Ireland moves south-east toward Biscay. Temperatures struggling to reach 1 or 2C in northern areas, nearer 3 or 4C in southern Britain, but everywhere feeling sub-zero in the wind.