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Severe snow weather warnings across UK - but will it reach London this afternoon?

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 12/01/2017 By Nicola Harley

Thunder snow is expected to hit the country bringing up to 20cm of snow in parts with the worst weather during the evening rush hour.

Despite a respite from the rail strikes, London could still come to a standstill as snow is expected to strike the capital on Thursday evening.

Wintry weather has already hit Scotland and Wales and is expected to move across the UK during Thursday with temperatures plummeting to -10C in areas.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for snow for most of the UK.

Higher ground will be covered in up to 20cm of snow, with 10cm on lower ground.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist, said: “Most northern areas are very likely to see snow showers at times over the next few days, but the situation over the southern half of England is more complicated.

“Southern counties of England and Wales can expect a cold and wet day with some heavy rain on Thursday, but there’s an increasing chance this will turn to sleet or snow, especially over hills, during the afternoon and evening.

“There is a chance of snow settling bringing disruption to transport during the evening rush hour and possibly interruptions to power supplies, this more likely across East Anglia and southeast England. As skies clear on Thursday night it is likely to become icy in many areas."

Daytime temperatures are likely to be around 2 to 5C, but the strong to gale force winds will make it feel much colder. Temperatures could dip below -10 C over snow cover in rural areas.

Rain will move eastwards across the south and may turn to snow later which will later turn to ice.

The heaviest and most frequent snow showers likely across northern and western Scotland, Northern Ireland and around Irish Sea coasts, but eastern coasts will also be affected at times on Friday and Saturday.

There will be gales which could lead to temporary blizzard conditions as well as a risk of hail and thunder in some locations.

Mr Gundersen added: “Forecasting snow is always challenging and there’s often a fine line between whether it will rain or snow in a particular location depending on slight changes in air temperature. Keep an eye on the forecast and warnings for your area for the latest information.”

On Friday the cold weather is expected to continue with snow showers will becoming more isolated.

Prof Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection & Medical Director at Public Health England, said: "The Met Office is forecasting a spell of colder weather, with likely snow and icy conditions.

"Think now about what you need to do to prepare: if you need vital medicine or food get it before the bad weather arrives. People with underlying health conditions, very young children and those aged over 65 are at greatest risk, so think what you can do to help others.

“Keeping your home heated to at least 18C, wearing lots of thin layers instead of fewer thicker ones, and if you have to head out using footwear with a good grip are all ways to deal with this weather and stay well this winter."


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