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UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event sparked by storms from the Atlantic to hit the UK in days

February 04, 2021 | 18:41

The UK is forecasted to cope with the 'biggest snow event of the season", sparked by storms barrelling in from the Atlantic to sweep the country within days. Meanwhile, heavy rain is likely to cover Portugal and western Spain while fine and warm conditions are expected for most of the Mediterranean.

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UK's weather forecast

According to Express, the UK can expect a significant drop in temperatures over the next few days. A new weather front from Scandinavia is expected to bring in cold temperatures, strong winds and snow.

BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: "Jet streams are pushing in weather systems off the Atlantic and they are bringing mild conditions in central Europe. However, across the northern parts of Europe, we are seeing things blow out of the east. It will be much colder with some snow about."

BBC Europe forecast Louise Lear on Tuesday also said: "It is cold in Scandinavia and that easterly wind will be a feature for the UK over the next few days."

It comes as a new weather map from WXCHARTS also displayed the cold air moving towards Britain. The cold temperatures, illustrated by dark blue and purple colours steadily move in this week from the east.

People living near the Scottish mountains are warned heavy snow will bring the risk of avalanches to the region as the UK braces for a repeat of the devastating 2018 Beast from the East.

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
UK Weather: Britain braces for Scandinavian ice blast as forecast map turns purple (Image: WXCHARTS)

The cold plunge will be driven in part by a massive storm over Russia and Siberia which has jolted weather patterns over the northern hemisphere and threatens to push temperatures to -20C after the weekend.

A two-pronged attack will see a train of low-pressure systems charge in from the Atlantic clashing with cold air over Britain and dumping almost two feet of snow in parts. Temperatures will start to plummet through the weekend as forecasters warn to brace for a ‘real shock’ at the start of next week.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “We will see a significant snow event spreading across large parts of the country into the early part of next week. As low-pressure clashes with a cold north-easterly wind, widespread and lasting snow will cover large swathes of the country, particularly across the north and east."

“Even southern regions, including the capital, could see some frequent and potentially heavy snow at times. Next week will come as a real shock after the recent mild conditions. This is likely to be the biggest and most disruptive snow event of the season so far for the UK.”

A perfect storm of atmospheric conditions colliding at once will pull freezing conditions towards Britain from Russia and Siberia, forecasters say. High pressure building over Scandinavia this week will drive easterly winds into western Europe and the UK.

Britain is likely to face a repeat of the crippling snowstorms which brought road closures, power cuts, and travel mayhem during the start of spring 2018.

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Snow forecast: Some areas have been warned of avalanches (Image: WX Charts)

Marco Korosec, forecaster for Severe Weather Europe, said: “We can see a large and very intense pool of frigid cold air mass over Russia, with almost 20C below normal, part of this air mass will be gradually spreading west towards the UK. The temperature forecast is definitely trending towards a deep freeze similar to the Beast from the East experienced in 2018.”

A huge extra-tropical storm combined with a drop in temperatures to -55C over eastern Siberia led in part to the current weather set up, he said.

It triggered a ‘major sudden stratospheric warming (SSW)’ pattern in the Polar Vortex similar to that which drove the 2018 mega-freeze, he added.

“These large-scale weather systems were so extreme and anomalous, that their dynamics sent the atmospheric waves up into the upper parts of our atmosphere, called the stratosphere,” he said.

“The result was a disruption of the polar vortex aloft and started a major sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event and lead to vortex collapse. A train of winter storm systems will travel across the Atlantic from west to east."

“This is an atmospheric river, a term that describes the delivery of high moisture from the Atlantic into southern portions of Europe. A deep freeze could spark Beast from the East to engulf the UK and Ireland after the next weekend.”

Weather charts reveal more than a foot and a half of snow blanketing Scotland and parts of northern Britain at the start of next week.

Some models show a wall of snow ploughing through northern and eastern regions of the country. Jim Dale warned parts of Scotland to prepare for ‘a pasting’ as the beast from the east thrusts an arm into Britain. He said: “This is going to come during the second half of the weekend when temperatures will start to fall."

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Lows (river of storms) coming in from the Atlantic to clash with cold air (Image: WX Charts)

“Scotland is going to get a pasting, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see conditions right for an avalanche risk over the mountains and there is going to be some very heavy and accumulating snow."

“This is going to be an easterly event and through the start of next week we will see eastern parts of the country most affected, although there is a risk of seeing snow to southern regions including Kent and London."

“The risk of a major snow event has increased and will continue to increase as we move closer to next week.”

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, added: “Into the weekend snow will continue across much of Scotland, and is likely to increasingly fall to low levels before beginning to move south into northern and eastern England.”

“We are likely to see some very large accumulations across higher parts of Scotland especially, with strong winds leading to significant drifting and blizzard conditions at times.”

“Although amounts of snow across England are likely to be less, they could still cause some problems as we go into the weekend.”

On February 5

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Photo: Weather Online

According to Weather Online, 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 to. 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.

Further heavy snowfall for parts of Scotland, blizzards over high ground. Heavy rain in places through central slice of the UK. Some showers further south but some bright, mild weather, Met Office reported.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

The very cold air which is currently in place across the north will spread southwestwards across the whole UK. Snowfall is highly likely, especially across many eastern areas.

Europe's weather forecast

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 arts 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.

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Photo: Stirimeteo
UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Photo: Stirimeteo

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 eastern coasts of Sweden, fair for other areas. Scattered snow showers in northern Norway, fair in the far south of Norway.

On February 5

According to Weather Online, rain, some of it heavy across Portugal and the west of Spain. Sunny and warm for eastern Spain and the Balearics. Corsica and Sardinia will be warm with lots of sunshine and it will be staying warm and sunny across Italy too. Lots of sunshine to come for Greece and for most of Turkey and staying dry.

Cloud through central parts of France bringing some showers here. Brighter in southern France and warm as well. Some broken cloud for the north of France, a few showers in the north-west. The Low Countries will have broken cloud and will be mostly dry was Germany will have some rain in the north and showers through central areas. Poland will be dry with some sunshine and it should stay dry with lots of sunshine in Hungary. Austria and Switzerland should both be dry too.

UK and Europe daily weather forecast latest, February 5: The biggest snow event to hit the UK in days while maps turn purple with heavy snow sparked by storms from the Atlantic
Photo: Weather Online

Breezy with some rain in the far south of Denmark but mostly fine for most of the country. Sweden should be mostly dry to with sunshine in the south although a few showers could affect eastern coast. The Baltic states will be breezy and cold whilst Finland also stays cold and breezy with a fair amount of cloud. Norway is going to remain cold with some snow showers in the north but southern areas should be dry.

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