Strong Low Brings Snow to the UK

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It’s officially springtime in the UK, but winter is still making an appearance this week as a strong low pressure system brings blizzard conditions, strong to gale-force winds and heavy rains to portions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. Up to 48,000 homes across Northern Ireland are without power due to the storm.


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Driving conditions have also been hazardous. Snowplows and gritters have been hard at work trying to clear the roads. Police rescued more than 300 people from vehicles including a school bus stuck in the snow near Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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The strong low pressure system over the southern U.K. will continue to bring locally heavy rain, snow, and gusty winds to most of the highlighted area through Thursday morning. A second system will move in on Friday bringing an additional risk of rain, wind, and snow into Saturday afternoon.

Heavy persistent rains will continue over much of the U.K. today through tomorrow, with daily rainfall totals of 1-2 inches expected for most areas, and isolated amounts up to 3 inches possible. With several days of repeated heavy rains expected, there could be a risk of flash flooding and mudslides. Snow and snow showers have developed across most of Ireland, with periods of snow and rain possible today. Snow is likely over the Highlands of southern Scotland and northern England, where accumulations could reach 4-8 inches, with isolated amounts up to 12 inches. Over lower elevations, up to 2 inches of snow may accumulate, mainly for areas north and northwest of London. Also, strong winds of 25-50 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph are possible, resulting in blizzard-like conditions with areas of blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibilities, and very difficult travel conditions. The strongest winds through Wednesday night can be expected over southern Ireland and Wales. This storm system should move off to the North Sea by Thursday late morning, weakening in the process, with calmer conditions briefly setting in before the next system arrives.




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