White Valentine’s Day and polar freezes of -5°C, with February being the coldest month in winter
SCOTLAND faces a white Valentine’s Day as five polar frosts of -5C (23F) make February the coldest winter month.
The Met Office has warned of snow or sleet showers in most parts as a 1,500 mile wide ‘Arctic onslaught’ arrives from Wednesday – as shown on a weather map.
Scotland will be colder than Finland at -5°C. Helsinki is due to lows of -3C.
A second chill should bring more flurries around Valentine’s Day next Monday.
Three more chills – each with snow and below-average national temperatures – are expected later in February and early March.
The coming month is expected to be colder than December and January, former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond has warned of weather trends.
He said: ‘A dive in arctic air is set to sweep across the UK later in the week which could well see hard frost and snow.
“Upcoming temperatures are expected to average rather lower than most of winter, with more frequent incursions of arctic air.
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“A wetter, colder mix looks likely as we head into March. Late snowfall is a possibility.
The Met Office has warned of ‘colder interludes’ until March 6.
A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Colder conditions with wintry showers will follow in many parts by Thursday, with windy conditions in the North.
“The period through February 19 presents a risk of wintry showers in the north and east, with the possibility of a brief colder interlude.
UK weather forecast – Snow will fall for two WEEKS and cover parts of the country as temperatures drop to -3C
“From February 20 to March 6, low pressure systems are interspersed with colder interludes in the North.”
Scots could see snow as early as next week.
Forecasters expect up to an inch of white stuff to hit Scotland on Wednesday after ‘blizzard conditions’ over the weekend.
Up to six inches of snow is hitting Scotland’s peaks this weekend, with almost two inches possible elsewhere in the UK.
By Tuesday evening, the snow is expected to have cleared in England but will remain in parts of Scotland.
According to weather maps from forecaster WXCharts, snow will fall in Scotland throughout Wednesday before hitting other northern parts of the UK by Thursday.
An urgent yellow warning has been issued for parts of Scotland as snow showers began to accumulate on Saturday evening.
Snowfall between 2 and 5 cm is possible in places, with 10 to 15 cm accumulated on routes above 300 meters.
“Ice patches will be an additional hazard, particularly in western coastal areas,” the Met Office said.
The Highlands can expect strong westerly winds to bring blizzard conditions and snow drift to the higher roads.
Meteorologists predict heavy snow showers could disrupt travel, especially on high-altitude roads.
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