UK and Europe Weather (Today Jan 29):  Big snow braces Britain, fair for much of Mediterranean
A new Beast from East could drop 18 inches of snow (Photo: WX CHARTS)

UK's weather forecast

Today January 29

On Thursday, periods of rain across Scotland as well as northern and north-east England through Thursday morning. The rain falling snow over central Scotland. Quite a cloudy start for the rest of England, Wales, and Ireland although there will be some breaks in the cloud allowing a few bright or sunny spells to develop. This afternoon says further snow in central and northern Scotland although drier in the south with rain in the east. Another area of rain will be crossing Ireland and this will be reaching western Wales and Southwest England by late afternoon. For the rest of England, it should be a dry afternoon with some bright and even sunny spells. Highs at 12C in southern England, 5C in northern England, and 2C in northern Scotland.

A wet night to come across much of England and Wales with some heavy periods of rain tonight. Turning drier across Ireland and much of Wales and Southwest England through this evening. It remaining wet for much of Scotland with snow in the north and rain to the south. Rain is likely to be clear in eastern England by the morning. A mild night in most areas but still cold in northern Scotland. Lows of -1C in northern Scotland, 7C in southern England, said Weather Online.

Low-pressure will be affecting central parts of England through Friday this gradually moving east. There will be plenty of cloud across much of the UK. Snow affecting parts of central and eastern Scotland with some sleet and snow in northeast England. Rain across central and southern England and Wales gradually spreading eastwards. Brighter overall in Ireland although some showers here in the morning. Highs at 10C in southern England, 3C in much of Scotland.

UK and Europe Weather (Today Jan 29):  Big snow braces Britain, fair for much of Mediterranean
Temperatures in Scotland could also plunge to a bitterly cold -9C (Photo: WX CHARTS)

Outlook for January 30-21

On Saturday, another area of low pressure crosses southern England on Saturday. There is some uncertainty over exactly where this will be but at the present time, it appears an area of rain and sleet will be crossing Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, and southern England. It may be that an area of snow develops across the Midlands and parts of East Anglia. Drive for northern England and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland. Cold for all with temperatures at 2 to 4C for most, but 7C in the far southwest.

While on January 31, a widespread frost to start Sunday morning. Low-pressure will be to the west of Ireland with high-pressure to the east of England. Fronts will be bringing cloud and rain across Ireland and this will aid into Wales and Southwest England through the afternoon. Colder air may well turn the rain to sleet and snow across the high ground of Wales and Southwest England. Much drier and lighter in the east with some morning sunshine, but cloud and breeze increasing here through the afternoon. Highs at 2 to 5C overall.

UK and Europe Weather (Today Jan 29):  Big snow braces Britain, fair for much of Mediterranean
Photo: Weather Online

Snow alert for early February

Britain is bracing for a "big snow event" as brutal subzero blizzards from the Arctic spark new Beast from the East chaos, forecasters have warned. Low pressure is predicted to push easterly winds into the UK during the first part of February, bringing snow and sharp winds with them. Eastern Scotland is expected to be blasted with 18 inches (46cm) on the first day of next month, the latest snow depth models from WXCHARTS show. The charts show the east of the country turning purple to signify deep snow, which could deepen by Monday, February 8, as 23 inches (59cm) could settle on the same region.

Northumberland and Lancaster are forecast to see 6 inches (17cm) of snow on Wednesday, February 10. Temperatures in Scotland could also plunge to a bitterly cold -9C on Saturday, February 6. February is predicted to also start on a chilly note for the northwest with -3C hitting the Lake District. Other northern areas including Liverpool and the Yorkshire Dales could be struck with a fierce subzero -6C on Tuesday, February 9. Southeastern regions are likely to average 0C most days during the first week of February.

Gavin Partridge from GavsWeatherVids issued a warning of easterly winds smashing into the UK from the Arctic region on February 4. He said: "High pressure is building between Iceland and Norway and we start to pull in a very cold easterly wind. This is actually unleashing the beast with bitterly cold air moving in from the east."

UK snow map Latest Update: Coldest winter weather -12C freeze

BRITAIN is bracing for a ferocious weather system over Greenland to trigger a deep freeze and heavy snow in the UK, forecasters have warned.

High pressure is predicted to build over the north of the UK from Greenland next month, which is likely to push low pressure systems away into South Europe. Forecasters told Express.co.uk this could spark the "coldest weather of winter" this season as more snow could be dumped in the UK from the freezing northeasterly flow. Temperatures in Scotland cold plummet to -12C by February 13 due to the cold front, according to WXCHARTS.

The freezing air could also send a shiver through northern parts of England as Carlisle could see -5C at the start of next month.

London and Surrey are expected to average 0C during this period.

Scotland is also forecast to be battered by "winter storms" as the latest snow depth models show 33 inches (84cm) on Thursday, February 11.

The Lake District in the North West of England and also Northumbria, just above Newcastle, could also face heavy snow fall as a foot (32cm) may hit on the same day.

UK and Europe Weather (Today Jan 29):  Big snow braces Britain, fair for much of Mediterranean
Photo: Weather Online

Europe's weather forecast

January 28

A fair day over Spain and Portugal on Thursday with lots of sunshine. There will be dry weather and more sunshine in the Balearics as well as in Corsica and Sardinia. Italy should be fair with some sunshine too. A few showers in western Greece whilst rain, sleet, and snow affect Turkey on Thursday. A windy and wet day to come in France. Heavy periods of rain for the Low Countries. This heavier rain affecting much of western and southern Germany as well as Switzerland. Drier in Poland although with a few wintry showers in the east.

Denmark should be bright and dry. Snow showers in the Baltic States and could be heavy. More snow showers to come in Finland. A few snow showers in eastern Sweden but they dry for most of the country. Snow showers in western Norway.

UK and Europe Weather (Today Jan 29):  Big snow braces Britain, fair for much of Mediterranean
Chance of snow January 29 (Photo: Weather Online)

Fine through Portugal and Spain again today. More sunshine in the Balearics. Sunshine and showers over Italy, some of the showers will be heavy. Further heavy showers in western parts of Greece, drier and brighter to the east. Fair in western Turkey, rain in eastern parts of Turkey.

As for Friday, mixed across France with rain to the north and east. Some rain in the far south too. Cloudy elsewhere and mostly dry. Rain across the Low Countries and through central Germany. Eastern Germany should be dry. Poland is going to be cold with sunny spells. Rain and some snow in Hungary. Austria and Switzerland will be wintry with periods of snow, some of it is heavy. Fair in Denmark and cool here. Some heavy snow showers in the Baltic States. Further snow showers and strong winds in Finland. Some snow showers affecting eastern parts of Sweden. Staying cold in Norway with sunny spells and some snow showers.

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