Bookies have lowered the likelihood that this winter will be the coldest on record as the same weather conditions make a comeback behind the beast from the east.
Today's temperatures could drop to -12 ° C overnight in Scotland and the Met Office has issued a yellow snow and ice warning as Britian is suffering from wintry conditions in the first week of 2021.
Leading bookmaker Coral cut the odds of winning this winter end as the coldest on record in the UK to 1-2 (from 4-6) as temperatures continue to drop. Coral offered 4-6 for this month to turn into a record cold January after a cool start to the New Year.
"If temperatures continue to drop, we could be approaching the coldest winter in Britain on record," said Coral's John Hill. "It was a cool start to the month, so it is now likely that this will be the coldest January ever in this country."
WXCHARTS, a weather company that predicts long-term weather trends, has warned of heavy snowfall that can drop as much as 30 inches in a day through Jan. 17, Der Spiegel reported.
John Griffiths, a forecaster for the Met Office, told MailOnline the country should expect rain, sleet, and snow for the next week – but it was too early to say if the sudden warming of the stratosphere (SSW) became one The Beast from the East repeat would result in February 2018.
A yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Yorkshire & Humber, parts of northeast England and Wales. The cold spell continues with "strong local night frosts, especially in the north," the Met Office said, adding that there will be some winter showers in the eastern parts.
Forecasters say 2–5 cm of snow is likely to be above higher ground, with around 1–2 cm at lower levels, and the yellow warning is in place until 6 p.m.
People enjoying the snow in South Park, Darlington this morning before temperatures drop to -12 ° C overnight in parts of Scotland
Parts of the northeast woke to snow this morning as temperatures plummeted and brought winter wonderland scenes to the region. This picture shows walkers near South Park, Darlington
A yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Yorkshire & Humber, parts of northeast England and Wales. The cold spell continues with "strong local night frosts, especially in the north," the Met Office said, adding that there will be some winter showers in the eastern parts
The forecaster Griffiths met said: “Some western parts of Scotland could reach -12 ° C. This is localized to snow mainly over the mountains. It won't be as cold further down, but there will be frost in the northwest. For the next few days we will continue to see a mix of rain, sleet and snow, mostly over the hills.
“Tonight there is a risk of snow in the lower plains, in England and in the Central Plateau. We have a yellow snow and ice warning in the north and west of the UK in parts of Wales but in the future we are heading east next week.
“It will be cold, but nothing like the level of the beast from the east. This will lead to showers and rains, but there is a risk of snow, mostly overnight because it is obviously colder at night. & # 39;
What is Sudden Stratospheric Warming?
Severe conditions hit the UK in February 2018 have been dubbed a "cocktail of weather events" by the Met Office.
The cold spell known as "the beast from the east", which also coincided with the arrival of Storm Emma, was caused by a temperature jump high above the Arctic that meteorologists termed "sudden warming of the stratosphere".
The phenomenon that usually leads to cold spells in the UK starts 30 km in the atmosphere of the high altitude jet stream, which normally flows from west to east, bringing relatively warm and humid air from the Atlantic to the UK.
A disturbance hits the jet stream, pushing its waves towards the Arctic and reversing the stream from east to west. As the air over this area is compressed, it starts to heat up.
This creates high pressure over the North Atlantic and blocks the usual mild airflow that flows into the UK from the west.
Instead, colder air is being sucked in from the east over the British Isles, resulting in colder temperatures.
The Sudden Warming of the Stratosphere (SSW) event occurs when the temperature in the stratosphere increases by 50 ° C. This "reverses" the UK's wind pattern, from the warmer west in the Atlantic to the east – and into Siberia.
It can take two weeks for the effects of a pregnancy week to be felt. Such was the case with the infamous Beast from the East, which saw much of the UK suffer from travel chaos and school closings in heavy snow.
The Met Office had to issue a “code red” warning for snow for the first time in its history. Snow storms blew in from Russia in bitter winds, and drivers and passengers were stranded on snow-covered highways overnight.
Grahame Madge of the Met Office said, “Many weather agencies agree that this SSW will be next week. In this case – about 30 km in the stratosphere – our traditional wind pattern can be reversed.
'Less clear is the long-term outlook for the impact of this event. Two out of three SSW events result in very cold episodes, but one in three has little effect. & # 39;
The general outlook for the New Year period and into the second week of January is that the cold conditions with snow, frost and freezing fog will continue.
Around 15 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – are in place in areas in the south and south-east of England. Another 50 flood alarms were also set up by the environmental agency.
The Met Office said winds will bring more freezing cold air from the continent this weekend – meaning many areas under snow are unlikely to see a thaw.
A RAC spokesman said, "The message for those who need to drive is to adjust their speed to the conditions and allow extra braking distance so that 2021 doesn't start with an unwanted bump and insurance claim.
"Snow and ice are by far the toughest driving conditions, so if they can be avoided, this is probably the best strategy."
New Years Eve was bitterly cold – temperatures dropped to -7 ° C in both Andover, Hampshire and Salisbury, Wiltshire. Exeter and Bournemouth both dropped to -5 ° C (23 ° F).
However, it wasn't quite as arctic as it was on Wednesday when temperatures in Dalwhinnie in the highlands dropped to -10.2 ° C – the coldest so far this winter.
Former skydiver Paul Cullen, 48, built a 7-foot high dalek out of snow in his garden in Mow Cop, Staffordshire
Hikers en route to the summit of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales on the first day of the New Year
This is a projection of the wind speeds 30 km above the North Pole. For the next ten days, the drop in the red line indicates that the winds high up in the atmosphere will drop and change. This indicates a "sudden warming of the stratosphere" with temperatures rising high above the North Pole. Those conditions were behind the Beast from the East in February 2018, when much of Britain was hit by travel chaos and school closings in heavy snowfall
The final day of 2020 saw bitter cold conditions for much of the UK and more snow – with a low of -7.5 ° C at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. It was the coldest morning in England for all of 2020.
Police told visitors to stay away from the snow-covered Dartmoor in Devon after vehicles got stuck. They warned of "treacherous" conditions after snowfall attracted many families to the beauty spot.
Elsewhere, Wales police said they fined a driver for violating Covid restrictions after traveling from England to look for snow.
Meanwhile, rescue teams asked people not to attempt walks in mountainous areas in snow and ice unless they were properly prepared.
The appeal came after they rescued a man who tried to climb the 2,552-foot Dow Crag in the Lake District without equipment in freezing conditions.
In 2018, heavy snow fell in Great Britain in the "Beast from the East". The Millennium Bridge in London is pictured on March 1, 2018
Traffic on the M20 near Ashford, Kent on February 27, 2018 during the Beast from the East that caused travel chaos
He desperately called 999 for help after he was stuck – triggering a rescue involving 17 volunteers and a helicopter 100 miles away in Wales that cost thousands of pounds.
Coniston Mountain Rescue said climbers should only set out in full mountain clothing with phones and backup batteries.
In Scotland, heavy snowfall blocked the A9 in the highlands between Carrbridge Junction and Slochd on Thursday. Street plows and spreaders were used to free trapped cars and trucks.
The snow gates have been closed at the Cairn o & # 39; Mount Pass in Aberdeenshire. Part of the M77 in Ayrshire was closed due to an accident in what Traffic Scotland called "difficult" conditions.
Winter weather was also reported on the M74 in Lanarkshire and in Perth the M90 Friarton Bridge was closed due to a collision heading north.
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