UK Forecast- March 16, 2018
A wintry weekend
Locally frequent snow
High pressure over Scandinavia sends freezing cold air across the British Isles on bitter easterly winds. Areas of snow flurries, locally persistent. The far south may see a mix of snow or rain near the coast. Into the afternoon, bands of frequent snow will come in from the east to affect central-northern England, giving 5-10cm or locally more into the evening. Driest and brightest near coasts in the west & north-west. Temperatures just 2 to 5C, highest in the west.
Continued bands of snow showers will feed inland from the North Sea toward the Pennines and Midlands, perhaps extending across the north Wales. South-eastern coasts also prone to locally frequent snow. Drifting over the hills in near-gale force easterly winds. Snow flurries or showers are possible almost anywhere, resulting in widespread icy roads. Temperatures -1 to -3C, but sheltered spots may dip slightly lower, especially in Scotland.
Remaining freezing cold for all, with strong and bitter easterly winds for England & Wales. Areas of snow likely to affect the south-west for several hours, locally heavy. Rain likely just around the coast. Snow flurries elsewhere, but becoming little more than a few flakes in the wind. Occasional sunshine, best toward western Scotland. Tempertaures barely lifting above freezing for most places, highs 3 or 4C around western coasts.
High pressure resides to the north-west of Britain, bringing a dry day to most of the country. Rare brief drizzly showers or snow flurries around coasts in the east & south. Fairly cloudy skies, but some sunny breaks, best toward the west. A cool north-easterly breeze, strongest in southern regions, but light winds for Scotland and Northern Ireland. A frosty start, -2 to -5C or locally below at dawn. Chilly, but less cold than the weekend, highs 3 to 6C.