UK weather – More snow to blanket Britain this week as new Beast from the East set to hit

BRITAIN is set for more snow this week as a new Beast from the East is due to hit in the coming days.

Freezing conditions similar to those which caused the phenomenon in 2018 are forming, with experts warning we could be battered once more.

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Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.

When this happens the warming can affect the jet stream which regulates much of the weather in the UK.

It if it heavily disrupted, or even reversed, it means Brits could be hit with the same chilly conditions currently north of Scandinavia.

There is a yellow weather warning in place for northern parts of the UK from 5am Wednesday morning until 9pm Thursday night.

According to the Met Office, there is a "chance of a period of heavy snow across this region" which has been warned to cause significant travel disruption.

The Met Office has also warned of power cuts across in parts of Northern England and Scotland on Thursday due to the heavy snowfall.

The Met Office's long-range forecast predicts "significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses" as we go into February.

The last Siberian weather front to be given the nickname hit in 2018 when snow blanketed large parts of Britain and temperatures plummeted to -10C.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: "The stratosphere above the North Pole has warmed, it started its process on the 4th of January and has been rapidly warming over the last few days."

Experts say this could mean the country is covered in snow with daytime temperatures plummeting to -5C by the end of the month and into February.

Simon Lee, an atmospheric science and weather forecasting researcher at the University of Reading, told The Mirror: "A weakening of the jet stream often occurs after an SSW, meaning the UK is now more prone to outbreaks of colder weather from the north and east than it was before.

"A weakened polar vortex can last for up to two months, so there is an increased likelihood of colder, drier weather occurring in Europe sometime in the next 4-6 weeks due to weaker Atlantic westerly winds."

WINTER IS COMING

John Hammond from Weathertrending told The Sun Online: "So while last winter was very mild, there are signs that this winter will be quite different."

Mr Hammond said: "There are signs that the stratosphere is beginning to ‘misbehave’ again this winter, which may have unpredictable and extreme impacts on our weather later on this winter."

Mr Hammond warned that not every warming event leads to a Beast from the East but if it did then "the likelihood of a very cold spell of easterly winds would increase markedly".

He added: "With this would come the chance of severe snowfall and extreme cold – last seen after the Sudden Stratospheric Warming event in late winter 2018."

As well as the Beast from the East, meteorologists are also tracking a La Nina in the Pacific, which could bring wet and stormy weather as it increases the UK's chances of westerly winds.

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter have predicted an imminent sudden stratospheric warming over the North Pole, bringing severe consequences for jet stream and weather in the UK.

Tomorrow ice and snow yellow weather warnings are in place for Scotland and the north of England.

They are in place until about 11am, with the Met Office warning against dangerous conditions on roads and pavements.

Freezing fog hit the country overnight, with temperatures falling to -12C in some rural northern spots.

Last week temperatures fell to -15C in some spots, with yellow warnings issued for most of the country by the Met Office.








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