Fore­cast­ers warn of rain, strong winds and po­ten­tial for snow

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Any­one hop­ing to pack away their win­ter hats and gloves should hold off for a few more days as fore­cast­ers warn of rain, high winds and the po­ten­tial for more snow.

A weather front from the South West mov­ing to­wards the North East is set to bring heavy rain to­day and to­mor­row with strong winds, while the lat­ter part of the week will see a re­turn to colder tem­per­a­tures, ac­cord­ing to the Met Of­fice.

A weather warn­ing has been is­sued for the east­ern part of North­ern Ire­land for heavy rain from this af­ter­noon and into to­mor­row morn­ing, which fore­cast­ers said could lead to some flood­ing and re­sult in longer jour­ney times.

Met Of­fice spokes­woman Nicky Maxey said there was po­ten­tial for fur­ther yel­low warn­ings to be is­sued as a re­sult of that front and there was a chance of gale force winds.

She said by Fri­day the rain would be con­fined to the east and there would be dryer con­di­tions else­where.

“We start to see colder air com­ing in from the east then as we go through Fri­day and into Satur­day and when that cold air meets that band of rain on the east side of the coun­try, there’s a chance that some of that rain could turn to snow over higher ground,” she said.

Ms Maxey said tem­per­a­tures in Lon­don were ex­pected to fall to around 7C or 8C on Satur­day and 5C on Sun­day, while in some ru­ral ar­eas tem­per­a­tures may strug­gle to climb above zero.

She said there was a higher risk of snow on Sun­day as the cold air moved across the south­ern half of the coun­try but that it would not com­pare to the con­di­tions caused by the so-called Beast from the East at the be­gin­ning of the month.

“This sys­tem doesn’t com­pare in any way to what we had be­fore,” she said

“It is go­ing to be a cold spell, there is a chance some places on Sun­day may strug­gle to get above freez­ing... so it is go­ing to be cold, but we are not talk­ing any­where near what we had the week­end be­fore last.”

The first few days of next week were also likely to be cold, she added.

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