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EIGHT INCHES of snow to hit Britain tomorrow: Flurries expected across country on last day of winter which has been wettest in 250 years

  • Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow sweeping across England and Wales tomorrow
  • Forecasters said the Midlands and north of England as well as some parts of Wales, will be most affected
  • Experts say 517.6mm – 20.3 inches – of rain fell this winter. Previous highest total was 485.1mm – 19 inches – in 1995
  • Around 6,500 homes have been flooded this winter which has been the wettest for 250 years

Having fun: Monty, a Springer Spaniel enjoying a walk after fresh snow falls in Weardale but for millions snow could cause misery as up to eight inches is predicted  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569174/EIGHT-INCHES-snow-hit-Britain-tomorrow-Flurries-expected-country-day-winter-wettest-250-years.html#ixzz2uXnBz2Qk Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookMuch of Britain is enjoying a short but sweet taste of spring today before widespread snow strikes on the last day of winter tomorrow.

Up to eight inches of snow is expected to fall in flurries that could stretch across large parts of England and Wales. The Met Office has warned snowfall starting tonight could cause severe disruption on the roads and railways.

They have issued a yellow warning which means that ‘severe weather is possible over the next few days’ and there is a ‘strong possibility’ of snow.

It is yet another extreme twist in the weather after several days of warm spring sunshine, and came as experts revealed the past winter has been the wettest for 250 years.

Tomorrow – February 28 – officially marks the final day of the winter season for Met Office records. Yet it could be the day when many parts of the country see the first snow of winter.

The Met Office website states: ‘A yellow warning means that there is a strong possibility of snow and that people need to be aware of potentially dangerous conditions.

You should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays or the disruption of your day to day activities.

‘Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.’

Although parts of England look set to be hit by snow – Scotland will escape the bleak wintry weather. Parts of the country that are at risk of snowfall include the Midlands, the South East, the South West and Wales.

Dan Williams, of the Met Office, said: ‘Areas in the South East and West as well as the south west Midlands may see some slushy snow. Towards Bristol and Wales is also similar.

‘We were expecting more but we’ve revised our predictions. The yellow warning is in place from 2am till 3pm on Friday.

‘It’s likely to be slushy snow, we doubt it’ll settle. We’re not expecting it to be too widespread but people should look at the warning on our website.

‘We might also see some slushy showers but I have to say it isn’t unusual for this time of year. Temperatures are cooler than they have been earlier this month but this isn’t out of the ordinary.’

‘We’re looking at average daytime temperatures.’

The Met Office also forecast heavy rain as well as slushy snow on Friday, cloudy conditions on Saturday and sunny intervals on Sunday.

The almost constant torrent of rain that battered England and Wales in a series of violent Atlantic storms since Christmas has left flooding chaos in its wake, particularly on the Somerset Levels, in the Midlands and along the Thames Estuary.

And the weather misery is set to continue after forecasters issued a severe weather warning for snow for tomorrow.

The yellow warning, which means ‘be prepared’, was issued by the Met Office for the last day of winter.

Forecasters said areas on high ground across the Midlands and north of England as well as some parts of Wales, will be most affected.

A spokesman said: ‘Rain will turn to snow for a time, mainly over the high ground during Friday morning. Over low ground it is unlikely that any snow will accumulate but many areas may see falling snow and slushy deposits for a time.

‘The public are advised to be aware of the potential for some disruption to travel especially during Friday morning rush hour’.

The Met Office said that it has been the wettest winter since records began almost 250 years ago.

Around 6,500 properties have been flooded this winter causing many families’ lives to be turned upside down and devastation to farmland.

 

Disruption to travel services, such as the damage to rail services in the west country, have also had detrimental consequences on business and tourism.

Two severe flood warnings – meaning danger to life – remain in place in Somerset, which has been one of the worst-hit areas, while 14 warnings and dozens of alerts remain in place in other parts of England.

The Met Office said that south east and central southern England, some parts of which were badly affected by the flooding, received almost two-and-a-half times their average rainfall.

Meanwhile the south west and south Wales received double the average.

A spokesman said it has been the wettest winter on record across England and Wales – where the precipitation records date back to 1766. Some 435mm (17.1 inches) of rain fell from December 1 to February 24, beating the previous highest total of 423mm (16.6 inches) set in 1915.

And the provisional rainfall figures show that the UK has had its wettest winter since records began in 1910. Some 517.6mm (20.3 inches) of rain fell this winter, the previous highest total was 485.1mm (19.1 inches), set in 1995.

The UK is also on target for the fifth warmest winter since records began in 1910. The average mean temperature so far is 5.2C (41F), making it the warmest since 2007 which was 5.6C (42F). The south has seen 12 per cent more sunshine than average, while Scotland only saw 78 per cent of the average.

‘The main reason for the mild and wet winter weather is that we have seen a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic – as well as the unsettled and at times stormy conditions,’ a spokesman said.

 

 

 

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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