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Arctic air mass to hit next week with the ‘likelihood of some disruptive snow’

by LLB staff reporter
11th Jan 24 2:20 pm

The Met Office has said there is the potential for impactful snow  for some next week, as an arctic air mass is set to hit the UK.

From Sunday a northerly airflow will bring cold arctic air to the UK early next week, with snow showers focused across northern areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The middle of next week there will be cold air firmly in place over the UK, there’s a chance of “disruptive snow” for some areas as milder Atlantic air pushes in from the southwest.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Hayter said, “While the initial snow risk from Sunday onwards is looking most likely to be coastal areas in the north of the UK, including North Sea and Irish Sea coasts, there’s an ongoing likelihood of some disruptive snow through the middle to latter part of next week.

“What we’re keeping an eye on for this disruptive snow is where exactly this milder air from the southwest bumps into the cold air that will be in place over the UK.

“It’s where these air masses meet that there’s a likelihood of some substantial snow for some places.

“At the moment, models are showing us a variety of options for exactly when and how this situation plays out and it’s something we’ll be able to add more details to in the coming days.”

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said, “The temperatures we will see leading into the weekend can rapidly have a serious impact on the health of those over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions as it increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

“It is therefore vital to check in on friends, family and neighbours to ensure they are well prepared for the cold weather next week.”

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams said, “With an increasing risk of snow and ice at the start of next week we urge drivers to make sure they travel fully prepared.

“Having a few essential items in the boot – no matter what distance you’re going – can make a massive difference in a breakdown situation in freezing conditions.

“A warm, waterproof coat, sturdy footwear and gloves, along with a blanket and a power bank to keep your phone charged are vital.

“While no one sets out to breakdown or get stuck in very cold, potentially snowy conditions, there are far too many instances where drivers have underestimated the severity of the conditions and found themselves in danger. It’s far better to prepare for the worse and hope for the best.”

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