Several National Severe Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office this week. A Yellow warning for snow is in place today, valid until midnight tonight, covering parts of southern Scotland and northern and central England. A spell of hill snow could lead to accumulations for some of 2-5cm above 200m while 5-10cm could gather above 400 m in a few places.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Neil Armstrong, said: “Late on Wednesday a weather front moves north eastwards across the UK bringing rain which turns to snow as it pushes further north and meets with colder air.”
The Met Office added northern parts of the UK could see more snowfall before the end of January.
The weather tracking website WXcharts indicates that the Midlands area could be hit with more snow (see video below)
Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Despite the treacherous conditions, we protected more than 49,000 homes and businesses across England from flooding during Storm Christoph, but with river catchments now extremely wet and sensitive to further rainfall on saturated ground, we have to remain vigilant to further flooding this winter.
“Our teams are out on the ground checking defences and clearing grilles and screens to make sure we are prepared for the next band of wet weather.”
Forecasters have warned the brutal Arctic conditions are likely to be caused by a split in the polar vortex, which could mean much colder conditions before winter ends.