‘Arctic blast’ to batter most of UK as climate maps reveal precisely the place it hits

The UK is bracing for extra snow this week, with Scotland set to be hit hardest by a freezing -4C Arctic blast.

New climate maps from the specialists at WX Charts present that from Wednesday (February 14), the nippiness will grip northern Scotland, notably the central belt and the Highlands, the place temperatures might drop to between -4C and -2C.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned of “uncertain weather” within the UK for the foreseeable future. A yellow warning for snow and ice, stretching from the Orkney Isles right down to Stirling, comes into impact this night and stays till 6pm on Saturday – a full six days later.

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Running is not advised by weather officials
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Parts of the north west and Midlands – primarily Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool – might discover themselves battered by freezing rain from Wednesday evening onwards, too. And the south does not get off evenly, both, as enormous downpours will hit just about in all places from London to the coast on the identical time.

Traffic Scotland introduced on X that the Cairn o’Mount snow gates in Aberdeenshire are actually shut. Meanwhile, Scotrail plans to maintain most trains working as common, with adjustments solely affecting the West Highland Line. Despite some climate warnings being lifted throughout the UK, flood alerts stay energetic in a number of areas.

The charts make for some grim reading
The charts make for some grim studying

At current, 81 flood warnings have been issued, primarily within the South and Midlands, with a couple of up North.

In addition, there are 294 much less extreme flood alerts in England and 19 in Wales. Numerous colleges in northern England and North Wales had been closed on Thursday attributable to amber climate warnings inflicting journey disruptions.

Met Office’s Dan Stroud reported that temperatures dropped to a cold minus 13.8C in Altnaharra, within the Scottish Highlands, early on Thursday, whereas Exeter loved a hotter -13.6C later within the day.

Snow will hit from Wednesday onwards
Snow will hit from Wednesday onwards

He warned: “We’ve still got rain and many have snow making its way northwards, we have got further weather warnings in force. Temperatures are recovering a little, across the far south it’s generally mild. We’ve got a second band of cloud and rain moving northwards, it makes for challenging driving conditions. We’ve had the worst of it but it’s still not completely clear.

“Where we now have falling snow we see there’s a threat of some icy patches on roads.”

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