UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
UK long-range forecast: Britain is bracing for cold air in February (Photo: WXCHARTS)

UK's weather forecast

January 24

The Met Office is warning of snow in Wales on Sunday, January 24. The yellow warning says an area of rain on Sunday could "readily" turn to snow. It states: "An area of rain will cross the west and southwest of the country on Sunday morning and turn readily to snow as it spreads eastwards, and also lead to some icy surfaces.

A cold weekend is expected across the country, with temperatures firmly in the single digits across the UK, and this is expected to manifest into the snow as the weekend wears on, with the South West primed to see snowy showers coming in from the west. Weather mapping service WX Charts has predicted where snow will be falling across Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire through Sunday (January 24) as the weather warnings come into force.

"Mainly 1-3 cm of snow accumulation for most parts, but possibly 5-10 cm over 100 m with a small possibility of 10-15 cm over the high ground for example on the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. These snow amounts will cause some disruption to transport, especially on routes that cross even modest high ground."

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
London's temperature January 24. (Photo: Met Office)

Met Office weather forecaster Aidan McGivern said the effect of the sudden stratospheric warming that happened above the North Pole at the start of January is being seen now. Aidan said: "It increases the chances of cold weather across the UK a couple of weeks after the event – it doesn't automatically lead to a Beast from the East, however, we are seeing colder than average weather.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings to Londoners with snow and ice predicted. The experts are forecasting a bright day on Saturday with a small chance of precipitation, saying the colder conditions following Storm Christoph will remain until early next week.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.

“But snow outside these areas is also a potential hazard.”

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
The warning in place on Sunday (Photo: Met Office)

Areas covered by the warning from 3 am on Sunday until 6 pm:

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wrexham
UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
UK long-range forecast: Cold air may sweep across the UK from a northerly direction (Photo: WXCHARTS)

Outlook for January 25-26

As for the South West, rain and hill snow followed by sunny spells on Sunday. Drier with sunny spells on Monday. Rain, sleet, and hill snow on Tuesday. Cold with ice and frost risks throughout.

Meanwhile, in Wales, occasional rain and snow, mainly over the hills in the south and clearing during the afternoon on Sunday. Sunny spells with scattered showers on Monday. Heavy rain on Tuesday. Feeling cold throughout.

Snow forecast till the first week of February

Heavy snow is expected to batter Scotland, Central parts of Scotland could see deep levels of snow, with 19 inches (50cm) on Friday, January 29. A few days later on Friday, February 5, the snow is expected to accumulate to reach 21 inches (54cm).

Northwestern parts of England such as the Lake District and Appleby-in-Westmorland may see 6 inches (17cm) on Saturday, February 6. Luton and London may also see a sprinkle of snow during the first weekend of February. Temperatures could also plummet as low as -12C on Sunday 7 in central parts of Scotland. Many parts of England could be hit with freezing lows from next week too, with northwestern regions including Carlisle and Cumbria seeing -5C on Sunday, February 6.

North Yorkshire could also see -2C next Tuesday. Cold temperatures could also hit Manchester with -3C on Saturday, February 6, according to Express.co.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
BBC Weather: Heavy downpours risk flooding across Europe this weekend (Photo: BBC)

Europe's weather forecast

January 24

BBC Weather forecaster Darren Bett warned of heavy downpours in western, central, and eastern parts of Europe. The heavy rain could result in flooding, most notably for the eastern Mediterranean on Sunday, he said. Temperatures will remain relatively cool for the time of year for many.

However, even with some periods of sunshine, most areas can expect some rainfall over the weekend across the continent. Bett said: "Although Storm Christoph has cleared away from the UK, we are going to find rounds of wet and windy weather sweeping into other parts of Europe. This will bring in a mixture of rain and heavy snow. There was a lot of cloud on the satellite picture and that was hiding that area of wet weather we have got around the Alps and parts of Italy into the Balkans."

UK and Europe Weather forecast Latest (Jan 24): Snow warning in Wales, Europe faces flood risk
Photo: Weather Online

This weather front will be moving northwards across Germany towards Poland. There will be a spell of wet and windy weather moving its way into Iberia especially the northwest and pushing eastward across France as well.

The BBC Weather forecaster added that on the eastern side of Europe there would be significant wet weather over the weekend as well. Towards the eastern side of the Mediterranean, it is not completely dry and there will be some showers.

This wetter weather will be making its way across the Adriatic towards Albania and northern parts of Greece. On Saturday there will be more snow for the Alps and that wetter weather will be moving its way northwards across Germany. Despite the heavy downpours, throughout Europe temperatures will remain relatively mild.

Warning colors - What does it mean?

Warnings are given a color depending on a combination of both the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have and could be yellow, amber, or red.

Yellow: Be Aware. Severely bad weather is possible over the next few days and could affect people in the area concerned. Yellow means that people should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays or the disruption of their day-to-day activities. The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means to keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of plans within the next few days.

Amber: Be Prepared. There is an increased likelihood of severely or extremely bad weather affecting people in the area concerned, which could potentially disrupt people's plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power, and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means people need to be prepared to change plans and protect themselves, their family, and the community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office.

Red: Take Action. Extremely bad weather is expected. Red means people in the areas concerned should take action now to keep themselves and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption, and risk to life is likely. People must avoid dangerous areas and they should follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities. The red weather warning level was introduced in 2011 and has been issued on nine separate occasions as of March 2018.

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