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What Met Office says about claims '40 days of snow and ice' to blast UK

Daily Post 03/12/2019 Owen Evans
a group of people standing on top of a snow covered slope: A brave walker heads up Moel Famau, Ruthin © Ian Cooper/North Wales Live A brave walker heads up Moel Famau, Ruthin

The UK is set to be blasted with "40 days of snow and ice" - if some reports are to be believed.

Fears have been raised that the country should brace itself for a 40-day Arctic blast which will bring icy conditions and as much as 11 inches of snow.

Reports in some national newspapers have claimed that snow will hit next week, and will mark the start of "30 to 40 days with snow or ice disruption".

They have claimed that snowstorms will hammer northern regions as well as much of Wales.

What the Met Office has to say

The Met Office has played down these claims, with forecasters at the agency claiming conditions will be unsettled , but not particularly extreme for the time of year.

A spokesman said the idea of a 40-day period of extreme weather was "not something that we recognise in our forecast".

The Met Office said that in the short term, conditions were set to become more unsettled, with widespread frosts set to arrive in the region by the weekend.

a car parked on the side of a snow covered mountain: Snow on the A542 Horseshoe Pass in Llantysilio near Llangollen © Ian Cooper/North Wales Live Snow on the A542 Horseshoe Pass in Llantysilio near Llangollen

Any snow between this coming Saturday and the following Monday are likely to remain in the hills, but could fall to some extent on lower levels.

They said: "On Saturday morning there may be a return to widespread frost for many parts of the UK, though it will likely turn much milder by the end of the day.

"There may be a few showers in the northeast, which should clear quickly to leave a mostly dry day everywhere.

"Overnight, strong winds and rain should approach from the west.

"Into the next week, the more changeable theme is likely to persist with spells of more organised cloud, rain and stronger winds followed by some brighter, showery and colder interludes."

a herd of sheep walking across a snow covered field: Snow falling in North Wales last spring © Ian Cooper/North Wales Live Snow falling in North Wales last spring

They added: "The heaviest rainfall is likely across the northwest with snow over northern hills, possibly to lower levels at times.

"Temperatures are likely to remain at or slightly below normal with occasional milder interludes, mainly in the south."

Christmas forecast

As we head towards Christmas Day, the Met Office said there was still set to be unsettled conditions, but "wintry showers" are currently more likely than heavy snow.

In their forecast covering December 16 until December 30, they said: "Although confidence is low for this period, the unsettled conditions are expected to continue.

"There will be some rain with interludes of cold but bright weather alongside a risk of showers.

"There is a continued chance of further wintry showers on high ground in the north.

"Temperatures will likely tend towards average, or just above, for this time of year.

"Towards the end of 2019, there is a possibility that we will see a transition to some longer, more settled and colder periods."

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