Get ready for -15C as March shivers on: Cold front sweeping Britain could bring up to eight inches of snow
uk So much for spring!
- The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning
- Some parts of Britain are 20C colder than this time last year
- Could see as much as 20cm of snow in the North East
- Temperatures could drop as low as -15C in some areas of England
- Police closed the A66 across the Pennines after a heavy fall of snow
Parts of England could see up to eight inches of snow by tonight as temperatures plunge to an unseasonably bitter -15C (5F).
As another cold front sweeps across Britain, forecasters warn not to expect warmer weather until at least Easter, almost two weeks away.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning and is predicting possible disruptions for the North East and Scotland today as they are swept by Arctic winds and blanketed in snow.
According to figures released by the national forecaster, some parts of Britain are 20C colder than this time last year.
‘Temperatures are quite a bit lower in the North for the season, but not far off in the South. We could see as much as 20cm (7.8in) of snow in the North East of England, with snow also falling across parts of the West Country and Midlands as far south as Oxford.
So much for spring! Hail the size of SOFTBALLS pelts the South as late-season snowstorm barrels toward New England promising to dump up to 12 inches
- Winter storm barrels through Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions starting Monday, heading towards East Coast and New England
- Some areas of New England could get more than 12 inches of accumulation
- Forecast also calls for heavy, wet snow that could damage power lines and cause tree branches to fall
- As the Northeast braced for snow, strong thunderstorms carrying hail whipped across the South
As the Northeast braced for another round of potentially crippling snowstorms on Monday, severe thunderstorms were raking across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-sized hail.
In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.
National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Weber said there were reports of hail the size of softballs in some areas around Jackson.
‘This is the time of year that we get hail storms, but hail this size is pretty rare,’ Weber said.
Emergency officials said there were reports of downed trees or other damage in 14 Mississippi counties.
Meanwhile, snow was moving across much of the Northeast late Monday messing up traffic as it caught many commuters off guard. And Boston announced all public schools would be closed on Tuesday because of the wintry weather — just the day before the official start of spring.
Much of the Northeast and New England is in for another round of potentially crippling snowstorms this week, even though tomorrow marks the first day of spring.
By the end of Wednesday, areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine could get more than 12 inches of snow in near-blizzard conditions, while much of Pennsylvania and upstate New York will get between three to six inches.
AccuWeather predicts the storm will be ‘disruptive,’ and will make commutes nothing short of treacherous, bringing slick roads and in some places, white-out conditions. Power outages are also expected.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning throughout the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions for Sunday and Monday.
Monday, the storm churned east, passing through Ohio and spreading into Pennsylvania and New York.
It has been christened ‘Winter Storm Ukko’ by the Weather Channel, in its new tradition of naming storms.
- The Canadian cities of Quebec City and Montreal will also get hit with up to a foot of snow by Wednesday.
AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warned that this storm could be as bad as the last, bringing even more ‘wallpaper paste’ snow.
‘As we have warned about this past week, there is potential for the rate of snow to be intense and the accumulation heavy and wet,’ he said, adding that the snow could cause tree branches and power wires to fall.