Much of northern England is set to face localised blizzard conditions, winds of up to 80mph, and a yellow ice warning this week.
The latter end of 2021 certainly brought with it all manner of unpredictable weather conditions, including both Storm Arwen and Storm Barra, all before the country experienced what was described as “an exceptionally mild spell” and recorded the warmest ever New Year’s Day since records began.
But now, temperatures are set to plummet this week – and snow could be on its way.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for much of the North, including parts of Greater Manchester, from midnight on Friday (7 January) to 10am, and it appears to covers parts of Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, and Wigan.
The warning also covers parts of Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland, and Ireland too – with forecasters saying there could be “frequent sleet and snow showers” leading to some potential disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions, as per the definition of a Met Office yellow weather warning.
If Friday’s forecast turns out to be true, the Met Office says that some roads and railways are likely to be affected, with longer journey times by road, bus, and train services, and there will also probably be some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements, and cycle paths
Some brief power outages are possible too, with a risk of isolated lightning strikes.
Warnings for these harsh conditions and temperatures dropping to close to and below sub-zero before this week is out comes after a yellow weather warning for ice was issued for Greater Manchester this morning (4 January) – a stark difference following the uncharacteristic warm spell.
Today is proving to be “noticeably colder across the whole of the country”, the Met Office said, with temperatures peaking at 8°C.
Brits are also being urged to check on their elderly neighbours as it begins to get colder, with Agostinho Sousa – a consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA – having warned that cold weather can have a “serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems”.
He continued: “It’s important to check on those who are more vulnerable to cold weather, including older neighbours or relatives – especially those living alone or those who have a serious illness.
“Remind them to heat their home to at least 18°C and to keep up to date with the forecast.”
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Greater Manchester bracing for cold snap with temperatures set to plummet to -5°C this week
Brits are being told to prepare for a cold snap across the country this week, with Greater Manchester set to see temperatures plummet to -5°C.
After what has been an uncharacteristically mild autumn for the UK, with temperatures so high for the time of year that 2022 is on track to be the warmest year on record, forecasters at the Met Office are now warning of a Arctic chill in the coming days – which is expected to sweep the country, and bring with it below-average temperatures for December.
As winter settles in and the cold begins to bite, easterly winds are expected to shift to the north this week, and a yellow snow warning has even been put in place for Wednesday, which is likely to just affect Scotland and potentially some of the northernmost parts of England.
The Met Office says this yellow snow warning may cause disruption to road, bus, and train journeys.
Across the Greater Manchester region though, while snow is not forecast, we are set to see sub-zero temperatures set in from Wednesday onwards.
Thursday is expected to be the coldest day of the week.
Speaking ahead of the cold snap arriving in a few days, Alex Burkill – Meteorologist at the Met Office – said: “At the moment we have an easterly flow and as such our winds are coming from the east and that is a cold direction, and it is cold out.
“However, from Tuesday onwards we are going to get a northerly flow, so our winds coming from the north, that is Arctic air leading to our temperatures, will be dropping even further as we go through this week.
“It’s going to turn even colder and feel even colder still, with temperatures well below average for the time of year, both by day and by night.”
While -5°C is the lowest temperature to expect across Greater Manchester, Mr Burkill added that in other parts of the UK, temperatures overnight into Thursday would drop to -7°C or -8°C, and maybe even colder.
Forecasters predict the cold weather could last for most of the week, as the northerly flow of cold air will linger.
There may be some showers, the Met Office says, but it will be largely dry and cold.
It will be a few degrees above freezing for the rest of the country until the cold snap arrives on Wednesday, with daytime temperatures predicted to be around 8°C or 9°C, dropping to 5°C or 6°C as the week progresses.