UK snow forecast 2022: when will it snow in February? According to the Met Office weather forecast
With Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice set to hit the UK, the Met Office thinks there could be snowfall in parts of the UK this week
Instead, we Brits were rocked by powerful storms – Storms Arwen, Barra, Malik and Corrie to name them all – which brought damaging winds and only a little snow.
But will these storms bring snow with them – and will we have snowfall before the end of the month?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is the snow forecast for February?
February has been an extremely snowy month in recent years thanks to ‘Beast from the East’ weather systems which have seen the UK hit by freezing air from Siberia to Russia.
In 2018, the end of February saw the first incidence of such weather when sub-zero temperatures and widespread snow hit the UK for more than a week.
Similar conditions repeated themselves in 2021, when a mini beast from the east brought widespread snowfall and the coldest temperature on record since 2010 – -16.7C at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands.
But according to the Met Office, February 2022 is unlikely to see a repeat of these large-scale weather events.
The weather agency predicted the pattern of milder conditions interrupted by short, sharp freezing spells that we have seen so far this winter.
This is due to the oscillations of the jet stream around the UK.
When the jet stream is north of us, milder conditions prevail.
But as it dips further south, colder air from the north is able to cross the UK and bring temperatures down.
However, it is fairly “typical” for the time of year, according to Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page.
“It will often be windy, with bands of rain moving south-east followed by colder weather with wintry showers, these particularly affecting Scotland,” he says.
“It’s not unusual for us to see snow in February, and there’s currently no signal for anything out of the ordinary.”
When and where will the snow fall in February?
There is a chance of snow during what remains of February.
A band of rain, at times heavy, is moving slowly southeast from the north this morning (February 15).
It will clear this afternoon leaving mostly sunny skies – although snow is expected in northern Scotland.
From tonight, as Storm Dudley approaches the UK, rain and increasingly strong winds will move east across the country.
By Wednesday (February 16) morning, the South will become very mild, according to the Met Office, with temperatures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland expected to reach and exceed double figures.
Highs of 14C are forecast in East Anglia and Devon, with a dry start expected for many and rain not expected to reach the south-east until evening.
Scotland will be much colder – although temperatures will remain above freezing – and will experience increasingly strong winds throughout Wednesday, as well as heavy rain and snow on high ground.
Yellow and orange weather warnings for the wind are set to be introduced from 3pm Wednesday across Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.
These will continue until Thursday February 17, with cold temperatures in the North for the duration.
The South will remain mild, but is also expected to see some precipitation.
On Friday February 18, Storm Eunice will bring strong winds to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as southern Scotland.
A yellow weather warning for the wind will be in place from midnight to 9pm, with the potential for heavy snowfall in the hilly parts of the Midlands and North, as well as the central belt in Scotland.
For the rest of February, when temperatures are expected to be rather mild, the Met Office said it expects more unsettled weather – but no snow.
Precipitation and wind will dominate, with strong gales expected in coastal areas.
But as the month draws to a close, a bout of high pressure could lead to the first signs of spring.
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