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Exact date 7 inches of snow could hit UK as ‘polar vortex’ sparks big freeze

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Weather maps have revealed the exact date the UK could be coverved in as much as seven inches of snow as a “stratospheric polar vortex” could trigger freezing temperatures.

The country has seen some strange weather this week, with parts of the North and Scotland enjoying above average temperatures, while the south east and London were hit by freezing fog. Some areas were hit with persistent fog warnings that reduced visibility to as little as 50 meters, while ice warnings were issued.

The differences were so stark and recorded a staggering 19C difference between the coldest areas in the UK and the warmest. And although the weather is expected to become milder in the coming days, it may just be for a while reports the Mirror.

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The UK’s future carries forecasts of massive rain, snow and freezing temperatures. The weather will be so cold that there are talks of another ‘Beat ofrom the East’ according to weather maps by WXCHARTS.

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If it does happen, the polar vortex could bring biting cold that caused chaos in the UK in 2019. A polar vortex is a swirling mass of air and winds that can go up to 150mph in the Arctic, while travelling up to 30 miles above the Earth’s atmosphere. When weakened, the polar vortex can result in icy cold Arctic winds from the north or east.



Snow could blanket swathes of the UK next month
Snow could blanket swathes of the UK next month

This would bring snow into the British Isles. If this happens, snow could blanket Yorkshire and northern parts of England in the early hours of February 4. The possibility of snow will also spread across northern England and Wales as well.

February 5 will see no let up with seven inches of snow forecast for eastern Scotland, and more than an inch hitting the north west, Midlands and maybe Wales. The wintery blusters could reach as far as the south west that day.

Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook told the Express: “Computer models are suggesting that a weakening of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex (SPV) in the coming weeks could lead to an increasing chance of cold weather during February. It’s a long way off in weather terms but the period around Valentine’s Day has, in the past, often brought the UK some of its coldest and most wintry spells of weather.

“A weakening SPV leads to an increasing chance of a very cold Arctic Blast or a Beast From The East weather pattern, like the one we saw in February 2018.”

Five day weather forecast for Yorkshire

General outlook

Cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle.

This Evening and Tonight:

A largely cloudy night ahead with hill fog over the Pennines and North Moors. Dry for most but some drizzly outbreaks over the Pennines. Winds mostly light, but gusty over high ground. Minimum temperature 3 °C.

Wednesday:

Cloudy Wednesday as a band of rain sinks southward, bringing rain from late morning. Becoming drier and clearer by the evening with a brisk north-westerly wind. Feeling cold later Maximum temperature 10 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Mainly dry with sunny spells Thursday, but with scattered showers in the east. Dry Friday, but increasingly cloudy, with light rain overnight into Saturday clearing to allow some brightness later.

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