Snow sweeps in for the Easter week­end

Daily Mail - - News - By Jim Nor­ton

SWATHES of the coun­try will be blan­keted in white this Easter week­end.

The Met Of­fice has is­sued a warn­ing for snow across much of Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land.

Af­ter a rainy start to the long week­end, tem­per­a­tures will dip as low as -8C in the North West, putting ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties at risk of power cuts.

Snow swept across the North yes­ter­day, creat­ing pic­turesque scenes in Weardale, County Durham.

Over­all, fore­cast­ers said the week­end would be a ‘mixed bag’.

Sunny in­ter­vals will be likely to­day and to­mor­row, for those hop­ing to get out for a walk. It will stay cold on Sun­day with sun­shine and a few show­ers likely. heavy rain is fore­cast to move into the South West later in the day.

Met Of­fice deputy chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Martin Young said: ‘ The Easter pe­riod will bring a va­ri­ety of weather with a fair amount of sun­shine, es­pe­cially in the West. Cold winds and show­ers are more likely in the East, with cloudy and wet con­di­tions in the South.

‘Snow will af­fect some of us on Mon­day, enough to cause dis­rup­tion to travel plans as peo­ple re­turn from the Easter break.’

With many am­a­teur hor­ti­cul­tur­ists hop­ing to get into the gar­den over the week­end, the RhS has pro­vided ad­vice on deal­ing with such var­ied weather. Guy Barter, chief hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, said: ‘Most spring flow­ers, daf­fodils and prim­roses, for ex­am­ple, are in­cred­i­bly tol­er­ant of bad weather de­spite their del­i­cate looks and won’t be much hurt by chill or rain. Tender plants, though, should be kept in­doors un­til warmer con­di­tions pre­vail.’

White-out: Snow-cov­ered fields in County Durham yes­ter­day

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