UK weather forecast – Snow freeze and 70mph winds to hit Britain as ‘very strong’ jet stream brings storm

BRITAIN will be blasted by howling 70mph winds as windchill will cool some places down to -14C — and SNOW is set to fall around the UK.

The latest weather forecast from the Met Office shows an unsettled weekend on the way as a "very strong" jet stream blows across the Atlantic.

6 The next three days will see unsettled weather across the UK
UK weather forecast - Snow freeze and 70mph winds to hit Britain as 'very strong' jet stream brings stormVentusky6 Powerful gales are expected to barrel into Britain on Sunday as a 'very strong' jet stream blows in across the Atlantic – bringing gusts of up to 70mph in some exposed coastal areas

News of the freeze comes after the Environment Agency issued warnings for flooding in London and the North Sea coast this morning.

But the heavy rains will continue to lash down this weekend as a supercharged jet stream takes aim at Britain, whipping up winds as fast as 70mph in coastal areas.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: "It is going to be very wet and windy this weekend and through next week.

"This will affect most of the UK although at the moment there is some uncertainty, we are likely to issue weather warnings over the coming days.

"Some models are keen on the idea of snow, with cold air and the wind and rain we think there is a risk of snow in Scotland and parts of northern England and Wales, there is a chance this could reach to lower levels on Sunday.

"Beyond the weekend it looks as though it will remain unsettled for several days with the risk of some snow."

Volatile weather conditions will be guided in from the Atlantic by an unusually strong jet stream, he explained.

A very strong jet stream is over the Atlantic at the moment, it’s going to steer over the top of Britain over the weekend and that is usually the precursor to some very unsettled weather.

Martin Bowles, Met Office

Temperatures will drop as cold air from the North Pole floods into the UK over the weekend, he added.

Martin said: "A very strong jet stream is over the Atlantic at the moment, it’s going to steer over the top of Britain over the weekend and that is usually the precursor to some very unsettled weather.

"Temperatures over the next few days will will be down a bit and it will be much colder by the weekend, this is due to Polar Maritime air reaching the UK."

Long-range forecasters warn storms will herald the return of Arctic conditions with heavy snow possible by next weekend.

Scotland and northern England will be in the firing line for the worst of the weather although wintry flurries are possible as far south as London.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said wintry weather will crank up a notch from mid-month with heavy snow likely during the second half of March.

He said: “We are looking at a significant snow risk over the next week and this could reach southern England and even the capital.

“From mid-March onwards there is the risk of a potent winter blast and this could bring some disruption with settling and drifting snow.

“While the heaviest snowfall will be over higher ground, we cannot rule out the possibility of this occurring at lower levels.”

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John Hammond, meteorologist for Weathertrending warned unsettled, cold and at times wintry weather will hold out at least until next weekend.

He said: “Warmth to our south and cold to our north will continue to fuel a strong jet stream across the UK.

“In quick succession, bands of wet and windy weather from the west will be interspersed by quieter interludes.

“With each ripple of the jet stream we will find ourselves fluctuating between mild and chilly, but computer output suggests that for much of the time we’ll be on the colder side.

“There will be further hill snow across northern areas and, occasionally, these wintry conditions will penetrate to lower levels and more southerly latitudes.

“Be it from rain, hail, snow or wind, one way or another, those daffodils will have to put up with quite a battering.”

A shift in the jet stream may lead to a calmer spell of weather through the final part of the month, he said.

He added: “A larger ripple may start to deflect the jet stream more markedly, allowing high pressure to gain more of a foothold later in the month.

“Were this to come to fruition, I’d expect fewer spells of wet weather and a period of lighter winds.”

The Met Office’s long-range outlook warns of cold and unsettled weather through the rest of March and into April.

It states: “Rain will be heaviest in the north and west and it will be cold enough for snow over northern hills, perhaps even to lower levels here at times. It will be windy for all, with gales or severe gales at times.

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"Drier, more settled and less windy weather is likely to predominate in the south, perhaps spreading further north by the start of April.

"However, further changeable spells are still possible."

Windchill charts warn "feels-like" temperatures will plummet to -14C (6.8F) in northern Scotland with lows of freezing or under predicted widely.

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