Issued by the Met Office on 2019-01-23 at 04:00:00
Cold with sunshine Wednesday. Icy overnight, wintry showers for some.
A crisp, cold start to Wednesday, with a widespread frost and icy patches. Largely sunny and dry although the odd snow shower remains likely over the Pennines. Feeling cold despite some light winds. Maximum Temperature 3C.
Some clear skies at first, allowing temperatures to fall rapidly below freezing. Turning cloudier later, with a light scattering of rain, sleet and snow showers but a risk of ice. Minimum Temperature -3C.
Cold again on Thursday, with a widespread frost and perhaps freezing fog locally. Bright or sunny during daytime but rain spreading in during the evening, preceded by hill snow. Maximum Temperature 3C.
Breezy and less cold on Friday, with rain and hill fog. Rain clearing south on Saturday, then increasingly windy with wintry showers into Sunday, and a risk of gales locally.
Sunday will be cold with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will arrive on a strong northerly wind, which will ease as the day progresses, and bring some snowfall over exposed northern hills. The snow may reach lower levels later in the day, especially across the northern half of the UK. Thereafter, the final few days of January and early February are likely to remain rather unsettled with brisk winds, outbreaks of rain and hill snow, as well as some showery interludes in between. It will remain cold for most with widespread overnight frosts as well as the risk of ice. Snow remains a possibility to lower levels, particularly in the north.
The weather will continue to be mixed through early February with a continuation of the generally cold conditions. This will bring spells of rain and hill snow, interspersed by showery interludes, with a continued risk of snow to lower levels, especially in the north. As we head through February there is an increased chance of seeing very cold conditions developing with a greater probability of northerly or easterly winds. This will bring an increased risk of snow to all areas and more widespread frosts. In this scenario the driest conditions will be across the northwest, whilst the south could see wetter and occasionally milder spells, and these will bring a risk of some significant snow, but only if very cold air becomes established across much of the UK.
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