Warn­ings of an­other Beast from the East

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Scots have been warned to brace them­selves for deep freeze tem­per­a­tures of mi­nus 10C (14F) as weath­er­men re­port a re-run of the con­di­tions re­spon­si­ble for “The Beast from the East”.

The Met Of­fice say that Scot­land could be on the re­ceiv­ing end of snow and se­vere frosts as early as Wed­nes­day.

And the deep freeze will last into Fe­bru­ary.

It is not cer­tain that we will suf­fer the same vol­ume of snow as last Fe­bru­ary and March, but ex­tremely cold con­di­tions will grip the coun­try into next month.

The only uncer­tainty is whether the wind will be com­ing from the Arc­tic or Siberia, mean­ing icy wind from ei­ther a northerly or east­erly di­rec­tion.

Where snow lies, fore­cast­ers say dou­ble digit tem­per­a­tures below freez­ing can be ex­pected,

Last Fe­bru­ary’s “Beast from the East” was caused by a rare weather event called a “sud­den strato­spheric warm­ing” (SSW ). Tem­per­a­tures high up in the at­mos­phere can rise a stag­ger­ing 50C in a day.

It has now been con­firmed that not only has an­other SSW event taken place 30km above the North Pole, but also its ef­fects are now tum­bling down the strato­sphere to­wards us.

Met Of­fice deputy chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Martin Young said: “The lat­est fore­cast sug­gests the high­est risk of any se­vere win­try weather is from late Jan­uary and into Fe­bru­ary. Whether cold spells will be brought about by Arc­tic air ar­riv­ing from the north or east­erly flows ar­riv­ing from the con­ti­nent remains un­cer­tain.”

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