UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 4): Snow covers Scotland, heavy rain batters Europe
Snow is set to blanket Britain this weekend (Photo: Getty)

UK's weather forecast

Tonight & February 4

Further snow affecting much of central, eastern, and southern Scotland through today. More accumulations are likely and these will be significant across the hills. An area of rain in the far north of England as well as northern western Ireland. A further area of heavy rain across southern and southeastern England during this morning this tending to fade into the afternoon. A few showers in the west of Wales. Drive across East Wales and the rest of England although always staying rather cloudy. A cold day for Scotland at 2 to 4C, milder for most of England, Wales, and Ireland at 7 to 9C.

Snow will continue across central and eastern Scotland overnight, as well as southern Scotland. Drier for northern and western Scotland although staying cold here. A few snow showers in Orkney and Shetland too. Wet across Ireland as an area of rain moved eastwards and this will be moving into Wales and then Northwest England through the night. Turning wetter in the Midlands as well. Drier across southern England. Lows at 2 to 5C for many, -3C in central Scotland.

An area of low pressure is expected to be over Ireland on Thursday. It will be cloudy and wet across much of Ireland, northern England, and Scotland. The rain will be falling as snow across much of central, eastern, and southern Scotland with significant accumulation is occurring. Disruption is likely to continue because of the snow. A further area of rain, some of it heavy will be crossing southern and southeastern England through the late morning and afternoon. Generally drier across Wales and much of the north and West Midlands as well as parts of northern England. Highs at 9C in the south, 7C in Northern Ireland, and 2C in eastern and northern Scotland.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 4): Snow covers Scotland, heavy rain batters Europe
Wintry conditions are set to move further south from Saturday, February 6 at 9 pm (Photo: Netweather)

Outlook for February 5 - 6

Rain, sleet, and snow this week then turning much colder into the weekend, according to Weather Channel. The weather is set to be turning much colder as we head into the weekend. Snow flurries will be affecting eastern parts of the country and these will be penetrating inland, blown in by the strong east to the north-east wind. Before then there will be a significant period of snow across central and eastern parts of Scotland, this drifting into southern Scotland. However mild temperatures for England and Wales as well as Ireland until that colder weather arrives.

Low-pressure is expected to be across the UK and Ireland on Friday. There will be more snow across central, northern, and eastern parts of Scotland. Wet in Ireland and parts of southern Scotland too. Some showers across Wales and Southwest England as well as Northwest England. Tending to be drier in other areas and brighter too, with the best of the sunshine in central and eastern parts of England. Windy in northern Scotland. Highs at 8C in southern England, but a colder 2C in Scotland and 5C in northern England and Ireland.

The area of low pressure drift south on Saturday and introduces a stronger east to northeast flow through all areas on February 6. It will be feeling colder for all with snow flurries affecting the eastern coasts of Scotland, England, and Ireland. There is still much uncertainty over how much snow may fall and exactly where this will be. Brighter and drier overall in western parts of the UK and through central and western Ireland. Windy in the east with a significant wind-chill. Highs at 2 to 7C.

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UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 4): Snow covers Scotland, heavy rain batters Europe
By 3 am on Sunday the snow risk has moved further south still (Photo: Netweather)

Snow forecast: Chart turns RED as 48-hour snow blitz to cover the UK this weekend

Heavy snow is forecast across much of Scotland this week and the wintry conditions are set to move further south this weekend, according to new weather maps. The charts show much of the UK, particularly the east, is poised for snow in a 48-hour blitz, starting from late Saturday night, said Express.

Snow risk charts by Netweather forecasters show wintry conditions are set to move further south from Saturday, February 6 at 9 pm. The map shows much of Scotland covered by dark red and white patches, indicating between an 85-100 percent risk of snow. The north of England also starts to turn red, with further patches of yellow and green indicating a moderate snow risk. By 3 am on Sunday the snow risk has moved further south still, covering much of Scotland, northern England, the Midlands, and parts of Wales. Much of the country has turned white, indicating a 100 percent risk of snow.

As daylight surfaces at 6 am, the parts of the country covered by the high snow risk increase further, with parts of central and western England also changing color. By midday, the snow risk eases slightly, as the weather front pushes back up north. From Monday the wintry conditions remain confined to Scotland, northern England, and patches of Wales. By Tuesday morning the snow risk has virtually disappeared from the whole of the UK.

Weather maps by WXCharts indicate how much snow is expected during this 48-hour period. Parts of Scotland are likely to see several feet of snowfall, with charts showing 2.4ft (74cm) is forecast on Sunday at 12 pm, before rising to 3ft (98cm) at the same time on Monday. Northern England can expect up to 11inches (29cm) of snow on Monday at 12 pm, while southern parts can expect a slight dusting of about 2cm. The 48-hour snow blitz is set to be accompanied by freezing temperatures, with -6C forecast in Scotland at 12 pm on Sunday.

Northern England, Wales, and parts of the west can expect the mercury to dip below freezing, while the southeast will remain slightly warmer at about 5C. Met Office forecasters said there is a high chance of snow in Scotland and the northeast of England this weekend.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 4): Snow covers Scotland, heavy rain batters Europe
Photo: Weather Online

Europe's weather forecast

Tonight & February 4

Showers across central and northern Spain. Rain affects western parts of Portugal. Eastern and southern Spain should be fair with the Balearics also be warm and sunny for the rest of February 3. Italy will have a fine day with more sunshine to come here. Staying fair across Greece with lots of sunshine. A fine day to come to Turkey too.

Periods of showery rain in the west of France but dry with some watery sunshine in the south. Feeling warm across much of southern France too. Wind and rain in the Low Countries and northern Germany, where there will also be a risk of snow. Windy in southern Germany, a few snow showers here. Rain for southern Poland, but some sleet or snow to the north. Hungary should be fair and sunny whilst Hungary and Austria will have some showers or outbreaks of rain.

Wet and windy for the south of Denmark, this rain turning to snow. The Baltic States should be mostly fair with sunny spells. Wind and cold conditions for Finland, a few snow flurries. Sleet and snow for the far south of Sweden but most of the country should be dry, although always a risk of snow flurries on eastern coasts. Fair, dry, and chilly for Norway.

As for tomorrow, heavy showers across Portugal and western parts of Spain. Fair in eastern Spain with plenty of sunshine. Very warm weather in central parts of the Mediterranean. Greece will be fine too with more sunshine. Further sunshine and warm west in Turkey.

Some heavy showers in western France for in eastern and southern France with lots of sunshine. Further showers in the Low Countries. Thundery showers in central and western Germany. eastern parts of Germany should be fine. More sunshine to come across Poland. Hungary will be fair with lots of sunshine. Scattered showers in northern Austria with lots of sunshine in Switzerland. Cloud and rain in Denmark. The Baltic States will be cold with lots of sunshine. More sunshine to come in Finland, a few wintry showers. Further snow showers along the eastern coasts of Sweden, fair for other areas. Scattered snow showers in northern Norway, fair in the far south of Norway.

UK and Europe Weather forecast Today (Feb 4): Snow covers Scotland, heavy rain batters Europe
Photo: Weather Online

Flood alert issued as heavy rain batters Europe

BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear noted that western Europe can expect wet and unsettled weather over the next few days. She said a weather front from the Atlantic would bring in heavy rain and this would increase the risk of localized flooding. In Scandinavia, the weather will remain relatively the same as the last few days with dry but cold temperatures.

Ms. Lear said: "There are some weather warnings as there is potential for some localized flooding. These warnings still remain in force in parts of France as we see some very unsettled weather. This curl of cloud shows wet weather pushing its way across France and Germany. There is more to come as we move into Wednesday as well. It will be moving from the north coast of Portugal into western France, moving up through France into Germany."

The BBC Weather forecaster noted that in Scandinavia the temperatures will remain cold as they have for the last few days. She also noted that the weather in eastern Europe greatly contrasts the rest of the continent. She said: "It is cold in Scandinavia and that easterly wind will be a feature for the UK over the next few days. It is not too bad across the Mediterranean over the next couple of days. Wednesday and Thursday show a great deal of fine and dry weather."

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