Snow sweeps in for the Easter weekend
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