The south-east of the UK will be affected by more than 4 inches of heavy snowfall along with the mighty hit of storm Jorge. There will be travel inconveniences caused by snow and severe rain floods. The Met Office has also issued new weather forecast alerts and safety tips to lessen further risks for its citizens.
According to the Royal Associate Club, there will be a 30% increase of recent breakdowns, and 8,500 call-outs during busy time traffic.
A spokesperson for RAC, Simon Williams said,
Snow falling just before morning rush-hour is the worst possible time. Don’t be caught out by the first proper taste of winter for a year in the South.
During the Storm Jorge, there will be travel inconveniences to expect through both public and private transportations due to road closures.
The Met Office said,
Wintry showers and icy stretches likely to bring some travel disruption. Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
A band of rain and hill snow will move north-eastwards this afternoon, turning heavier for a time. This is likely to bring snow to lower levels before dying out this evening. 1 to 3 cm of snow is likely to accumulate on roads above 200 metres elevation and 5 to 8 cm on roads above about 350 metres. There may be a temporary slushy cover for a short time at lower levels.
According to the predictions: the temperatures will decrease to -1 C with an accumulation of more than 5 cm of snow. With a high speed of 70mph of winds, the Storm Jorge expects to hit the UK in the weekend with windy showers and snow to the northern part of the island. Also, the lower grounds of the northeast of the country might cover in snow.
Previously, last year, during these times of February, it was recorded as the hottest winter day with a temperature of 21.2 C in London.
Rain and Flood Chaos
According to the BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor: starting from Saturday follow through the weekend, by the Hill areas of Wales and western parts of England, there could be 50 ml or 2 inches of rain. However, the high risk of increased flooding will bring river levels up through next week, and the Welsh hills received rain mixed with snow today morning.
Mr Taylor said,
Further rain and snow this weekend will only add to the water going into the river system. Snow is in the forecast for some of you today, in fact.
It’s a complicated weather story across the country today, a mixture of rain, sleet and snow for some. It eases out a little bit later in the day though as we see a bit of sunshine.
We’ve got some pretty cold air in place across the country at the moment. This weather system working across the south, bringing mainly rain for some. It tips its way into the colder air and we’ll see more of that turn to snow. It will chiefly be over the hills but increasingly spreading later.
The BBC presenter added,
It’s quite an icy and cold start to the far north of England. But really from the M62, this is where we’ve got snow on the hills at the moment. We could see a bit more snow develop through the morning rush hour with a few flakes mixed in with the rain.
Mr Taylor told viewers,
That will push through the midlands towards East Anglia and parts of the south-east. The main southern counties staying primarily of rain, even on the hills. That can add to some flooding worries this morning. But by the end of the morning rush hour, you’ll notice across some parts of south-west England, we will see sunshine develop. The odd rumble of thunder can be expected with those showers too.
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