It is a very cool start to the day with the air temperature at 06:15 hours a mere -0.2c. This is very similar to this time last year when it was even a little colder at -1.5c. Care will need to be taken when stepping outside as paths and untreated roads could be icy.
The radar images are showing plenty of patches of “red” heading our way. The red patches indicate snow and sleet carrying clouds. The fact that the colour is generally light in colour indicates that the clouds are not heavily laden (see image below). As I made my observations at 06:15 hours I could see a few snowflakes gently falling but not settling.
Now the fact that the radar images show snow carrying clouds does not necessarily mean that snow will be deposited in our area but what it does mean that there is a high chance that we will see a few flakes falling. The risk of some precipitation today, probably light snow or sleet, is around 65%. The risk of any real deposits causing disruption is low. The first phase of clouds carrying snow / sleet will have passed through our area by 09:00 hours but a second band will reach us mid morning (see image below). During the morning we will also see the cloud bed fragment a little and some bright (but still cold) spells develop.
It will remain cool throughout the day and night with the overnight low being around -1c to -2c.
The wind will be generally light and deriving from the NW. The wind speed will increase a little after to around 6mph. During daylight hours the average wind speed will be around 3mph.
Summary: A cold day with some bright spells and risk of some light snow falling. The snow is unlikely to settle or be disruptive.
Observations made on 6/2/2018 at 06:15 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : -0.2c; Air pressure : 1019.4 mb reducing slowly; Relative humidity 87%; Wind : 1 mph NNE-N; Rain this month : 9mm; Rain this year : 68.4mm
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Radar image showing snow/ sleet carrying clouds. (www.raintoday.co.uk)