Snow forecast across Greater Manchester tonight with temperatures set to fall to -1°C

The first flakes are expected to fall in Greater Manchester from as early as 4pm GMT this afternoon.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 3rd December 2020

Snow is set to hit the UK over the next few days, with first sprinkling forecast to fall in Greater Manchester this evening.

Parts of North Yorkshire awoke this morning to find a thick blanket covering the region in its first heavy snow fall of the month, and the Met Office is forecasting that this will be making its way south to us here in Greater Manchester from as early as 4pm GMT.

A Yellow Snow Warning has been issued for parts of Northern England.

Although flurries are likely to be isolated to the higher ground across the region, the majority of Greater Manchester is expected to feel considerably more chilly.

A minimum temperature of -1°C is forecast.


The Met Office has declared that travel disruption is likely due to snow fall – mainly over the hills – and some roads and railways also stand to be affected, with longer journey times by road, bus and train services to be expected.

The weather warning is in place for the region until 9am GMT on Friday 4th December.


BBC Weather is also predicting that the first flecks of snow will begin to fall in Oldham at around 4pm today, Rochdale at 7pm, and Manchester and Bolton at around 9pm tonight.

Elsewhere in the UK, there are warnings in place for ice and snow.

We are anticipated to see brighter weather and even some sunshine this weekend however, with temperatures going into next week expected to be lower than the average annual temperature for this time of year.


Speaking on the wintery weather, Dan Suri – Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office – said: “It’ll certainly feel more wintry this week, with colder weather bringing a risk of frost, ice and wintry showers. The risk of snow accumulating is largely confined to the northern half of the UK – mainly over higher ground in Scotland, Wales and northern England.

“By Thursday morning, parts of north west Scotland could see 2cm of snow accumulations to low levels, with 2-5cm above 200m and up to 10cm gathering over the highest routes, leading to some travel disruption.”

Dan Harris – Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office – added that despite the cold and unsettled weather, which could include freezing fog, all was not “doom and gloom”. He said: “We’re keeping an eye on other areas where there is potential for disruptive snow, in particular central and south east England, and the hills of northern England,

“It’ll stay cold into the weekend with rain, showers and hill snow continuing across many areas, along with overnight frosts.

“We could also see some stubborn areas of freezing fog develop more widely, which at this time of year can persist all day, however, it’s not all doom and gloom, as there’s likely to be an increased chance of dry, bright, and perhaps even sunny weather on offer as the weekend progresses.”

You can find more information and forecasts via the Met Office website here.