The UK has been hit with bitterly cold temperatures this week, prompting fears it could snow in some parts. But following chaos across mainland Europe, the deadly weather is gunning for the UK on or around January 20, according to maps from WXCharts.EU by the MetDesk and Tropicaltidbits.com. Frightening new charts from WXCHARTS show that between January 15 and 20, the extreme weather system battering central and eastern Europe will descend upon the UK.
So far, 16 people have died as a result of ferocious snow storms, claiming lives in Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Up to 5cm of snow is expected to fall in North Wales and Scotland next Friday
Meanwhile parts of East Anglia and the Midlands can expect to receive around 1cm of snow on January 23, according to the weather forecast maps.
And on January 25, Greater London and Kent could also see some snow – with the Midland forecast to receive up to 3sm on that day.
UK weather forecast: New charts show snow is expected to hit the UK in 10 days time
North-west Wales and Northern Ireland could also blanketed by snow, WXCharts show.
Severe gale force winds and torrential rain are also expected during the period.
Chaos to road, air and rail travel is expected as the frightening weather system draws in on British shores.
The blast of heavy snow will be caused by sub-zero temperatures sweeping through the country and the icy air and wintry conditions are likely to remain through to February.
UK weather forecast: A ferocious snow system is currently ravaging Europe
This Friday should remain dry and cloudy for the majority of the UK, with some brighter conditions in the north-east and some rain in the western hills.
Wetter weather will settle into the north going into the weekend, which is forecast to be generally mild, wet and windy.
Conditions are set to calm down and become brighter on Monday, before the Beast from The East style snow storm sets in.
The Met office said of the period between January 14 and 22 on its website: “After a colder, brighter interlude for many areas on Monday, a return to milder, cloudier conditions is expected by early Tuesday.
UK weather forecast: Britain will be blanketed by freezing weather in snow later in around 10 days
“Through Tuesday, rain and strong winds will move into the northwest, with gale force winds possible in the northeast.
“Generally, rather unsettled conditions are likely to continue for the rest of the period, with spells of rain interspersed with colder, showery weather.
“Snow is likely on northern hills, and perhaps to lower levels in the far north.
“Temperatures overall will be close to the seasonal average, but from late next week onwards there is a greater chance of cold spells giving more widespread frosts and an enhanced risk of snow, especially in the north and east.”
UK weather forecast: Much of England will experience snow towards the end of January
The forecaster said that when Sudden Stratospheric Warming, or a sudden increase in temperature, occurs in the Arctic it can lead to a rush of cold air blowing eastwards, creating chaos in its path.
Meteorologists believe this is what caused the Beast from the East early in 2018, which saw freezing Siberian winds bring icy temperatures and snowfall to the UK.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “Last year there was a classic set-up with the Beast from the East, there was an event in the Arctic – sudden stratospheric warming – where the stratosphere warms rapidly.
“That triggers, generally, a change in the direction of winds across Europe at surface level. The upshot is that normally when this happens in the Arctic you get easterly winds and that’s what happened last year.”
The snow warnings come after many other parts of Europe have been hit by deadly winter weather.
Greece, neighbouring Cyprus and parts of Istanbul have also received snowfall.
The UK Foreign Office has warned travellers to check the status of their flights before making their way on holiday.
Flights to and from Austria and Germany have been severely disrupted – with 120 flights from busy Munich Airport scheduled to be cancelled and delayed.
UK weather forecast: South-eastern Germany and Austria have the worst of the crippling snow system
There have been a number of reports detailing loss of life in the Alps region between Germany and Austria.
The German town of Berchtesgaden in Bavaria declared a state of emergency due to extreme snowfall.
Dutch airline KLM was forced to cancel at least 159 European flights to and from Amsterdam Schipol airport.
BBC weather has issued a red weather warning for south-eastern areas of Germany and Austria, as the Alps reported over 10ft of snow had settled, claiming the lives of many in the area.
Published at Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:00:00 +0000