The “battle” between the weather systems we spoke about yesterday arrived on schedule and has left us with some snow on the ground (2-3cm) and a gusty cold breeze first thing this morning.
Looking at the radar images for our area I can see that the first major band of snow/sleet and rain is nearly beyond us, however, there are more bands of rain/sleet and snow to follow. We can expect some more snow covering our roads and paths by the end of the day.
The day will see winds from the E-NE with average speeds of up to 15mph. Gusts of wind will blow at twice the average. This will bring additional wind chill factors in to play. our top temperature of 1-2c will feel more like -1c. Overnight the temperature will reach a minimum of around -1c to -2c.
Overall it is a miserable day for travelling and, side roads especially, will have a reasonable covering of snow. With the biting wind this could freeze in places to leave icy patches. This problem with ice will become a more wide-spread overnight.
Looking at the picture across the country then our area does seem to be getting the worst of the weather today and across the weekend. Tomorrow the risk of snow / sleet is high (greater than 90%) but the risk does almost disappear beyond Sunday lunchtime.
A cold day with rain/ sleet and snow
Observations made at 06:14 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Air pressure : 1011 mb, Temperature : 0.5c, Wind : 6mph ENE, Relative humidity: 95%, Rain since 00:01 hours : 0.0mm, Rain this month : 0 mm Rain this year : 106.6 mm