Issued: 0530hrs Thursday 31st January 2019
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
It will be a cold day with a widespread risk of ice for many areas. Snow becomes an increasing risk through the day for southern areas.
Away from southwestern Ireland it should be a largely dry and bright start to Thursday for most parts of the UK and Ireland. It will be cold though with a widespread frost and icy patches for many. Through the morning cloud will build over the island of Ireland, southwest England, most of Wales and southwestern Scotland while rain will move into southwestern England and Wales. Along it's leading edge in Ireland, rain will increasingly turn to sleet and snow through the morning. The band of rain, sleet and snow will be accompanied by near gale to gale force winds. Elsewhere northern parts of Scotland will experience some scattered wintry showers throughout the morning.
Into the afternoon and cloud will continue to build northeastward through England. Rain will persist for southwestern Ireland and the West Country while sleet and snow will affect northern parts of Ireland, much of Wales, parts of the West Midlands, south-central England and parts of the southeast. Strong winds will also affect these areas. There will be a continued risk of wintry showers for northern parts of Scotland through the afternoon. High temperatures will typically reach just 1 to 4C.
Through Thursday evening snow will continue to push slowly northeastward across England and winds will ease slightly. Clear skies over Scotland will allow temperatures to fall quickly as night falls.
Stay warm today!