Cold arctic air is set to hit the UK from Sunday, bringing the possibility of snow in the early part of next week. This will coincide with milder Atlantic air pushing in from the southwest.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Hayter stated that while the initial snow risk from Sunday onwards is expected to be in coastal areas in the north of the UK, including North Sea and Irish Sea coasts, there’s an ongoing likelihood of disruptive snow through the middle to latter part of next week.
There’s a concern for disruptive snow when milder air from the southwest meets the cold air in place over the UK.
The collision of these airmasses may result in substantial snow for some places. The situation is still uncertain, but the Met Office will provide more details in the coming days as models show a variety of options for when and how this situation plays out.
Drivers are being cautioned about the potential impact of the weather on travel plans.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams advised drivers to ensure they are fully prepared for the increasing risk of snow and ice at the start of next week. Essential items like a warm, waterproof coat, sturdy footwear, gloves, a blanket, and a power bank to keep the phone charged are vital for driving in freezing conditions.
It’s important to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best to avoid finding oneself in danger due to underestimating the severity of the conditions as there have been instances where drivers have been stuck in very cold, potentially snowy conditions.