UK weather forecast LIVE – Snow flurries hit the south with Britain to be battered by THREE DAYS of heavy rainfall

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16 Jan 2021, 23:55Updated: 16 Jan 2021, 23:55

BRITAIN is set for three days of heavy rainfall and flooding next week while towns in the south were cut off due to snow.

Certain areas face a danger to life warning, with flood alerts in place up and down the country on Saturday evening going into Sunday.

This morning Londoners woke up to snow as the arctic blast continued to move across the UK.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings for snow and ice across the UK, with up to 10cm - or almost four inches - expected in some areas in the north.

And meteorologist Luke Miall warned say the UK may be hit by a Scandinavian blast sometime next week.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

UK weather forecast for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January - wet, windy and cold with snow in places

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE LAST BEAST FROM THE EAST?

During the last Beast from the East in February 2018, winds swept in from Siberia – bringing 20in of snow and the coldest March day on record.

The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma to cause havoc in the UK for a month, bringing heavy snowfall to large areas.

The Met Office issued red weather warnings of a danger to life as the storm’s 70mph winds hit the polar vortex — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill.

It took water companies days to restore supplies to most customers after weather-related problems.

WEATHER EVENT THAT BROUGHT BEAST FROM THE EAST TO UK IN 2018 ‘LIKELY TO HAPPEN LATER IN THE MONTH’

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.

From January 15, unsettled conditions are forecast to develop across the UK, bringing spells of rain to many areas, perhaps, accompanied by strong winds, the Met Office said.

It’s possible temperatures will plunge further next week, one meteorologist added, saying there is “very much a possibility” of a Beast from the East 2 in the “middle of next week”.

Paul Davies, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: “We can’t completely rule out a signal for colder weather following this SSW event later in the month.”

WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST COME FROM?

The weather event happens when the temperature in the stratosphere soars by 50C.

This reverses Britain’s wind pattern – bringing in freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia.

Winds from Siberia push in from the east, causing the mercury to plummet – with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.

It generally takes two weeks to see the effects of a “sudden stratosphere warning” (SSW) which causes the Beast from the East.

These “SSWs” cover a larger area and can move south to Canada, the USA and Europe, increasing the risk of air temperatures decreasing to potentially dangerous levels.

FORECAST: MELTING SNOW AND HEAVY RAIN ‘LIKELY TO LEAD TO FLOODING’ UNTIL WEDNESDAY

The Met Office has now issued a series of warnings for deluges on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – and experts have told Brits: “Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.”

Wales is set to see the worst of the rain, although millions of people in the north-west and South Yorkshire will also take a hit.

This afternoon, 22 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is needed – are in place, largely across Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

A further 111 flood alerts have also been issued.

Experts say low pressure systems will move in from the Atlantic – bring with them “heavy and prolonged rainfall”. That, combined with melting snow, is “likely to lead to flooding”, forecasters say.

IN PICTURES: TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN SNETTERTON, NORFOLK

CHILLY START TO SUNDAY MORNING WITH ICE PATCHES TO THE EAST

The Met Office's official Twitter posted: "A chilly start to #SundayMorning with some patchy #ice across eastern areas."

COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN TWO YEARS RECORDED ON FRIDAY AS MERCURY DROPPED TO -11.8C

Yesterday, temperatures plummeted to lows of -11.8C at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire.

It was the coldest temperature recorded in England since January 31, 2019, when -13.2C was recorded in County Durham. 

Chief Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale, said: “While the high ground in the north is likely to see the largest accumulations, some snow is likely to fall to low levels at times. In fact, parts of east England and East Anglia look most at risk of seeing 1-3cm with 5-10cm possible in places.

“The milder air will eventually win out with the initial snow gradually turning to rain.

“This may also bring some flooding issues following recent wet weather and with snow then melting – though the snow looks to be the greater hazard.”

MET OFFICE RELEASES '4CAST' FOR SUNDAY

WATCH: WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

UK weather forecast for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January - wet, windy and cold with snow in places

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE LAST BEAST FROM THE EAST?

During the last Beast from the East in February 2018, winds swept in from Siberia - bringing 20in of snow and the coldest March day on record.

The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma to cause havoc in the UK for a month, bringing heavy snowfall to large areas.

The Met Office issued red weather warnings of a danger to life as the storm's 70mph winds hit the polar vortex — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill.

It took water companies days to restore supplies to most customers after weather-related problems.

SSW WEATHER EVENT 'LIKELY TO HAPPEN LATER IN THE MONTH'

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.

From January 15, unsettled conditions are forecast to develop across the UK, bringing spells of rain to many areas, perhaps, accompanied by strong winds, the Met Office said.

It's possible temperatures will plunge further next week, one meteorologist added, saying there is “very much a possibility” of a Beast from the East 2 in the “middle of next week”.

Paul Davies, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: "We can’t completely rule out a signal for colder weather following this SSW event later in the month."

WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST COME FROM?

The weather event happens when the temperature in the stratosphere soars by 50C.

This reverses Britain's wind pattern - bringing in freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia.

Winds from Siberia push in from the east, causing the mercury to plummet - with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.

It generally takes two weeks to see the effects of a "sudden stratosphere warning" (SSW) which causes the Beast from the East.

These "SSWs" cover a larger area and can move south to Canada, the USA and Europe, increasing the risk of air temperatures decreasing to potentially dangerous levels.

WHERE WILL THE BEAST FROM THE EAST HIT IN 2021?

Forecasters suggest a new "Beast from the East" could hit Britain with "significant" snow and -5C daytime temperatures for two months.

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

Today (January 15), ice warnings have again been issued by the Met Office - with "icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths".

There is a yellow ice warning in place for almost all of the UK until 10am today.

The Met Office tweeted earlier: "If you have woken up to fog this morning, please take extra care on your journey."

MET OFFICE: AIR AND TEMPERATURE MAP

IN PICTURES: SNOWY CONDITIONS THIS MORNING IN COLCHESTER, ESSEX

FRIDAY SAW THE COLDEST CONDITIONS IN TWO YEARS AS TEMPERATURES FELL TO -11.8C

Yesterday, temperatures plummeted to lows of -11.8C at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire.

It was the coldest temperature recorded in England since January 31, 2019, when -13.2C was recorded in County Durham. 

Chief Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale, said: “While the high ground in the north is likely to see the largest accumulations, some snow is likely to fall to low levels at times.

"In fact, parts of east England and East Anglia look most at risk of seeing 1-3cm with 5-10cm possible in places.

“The milder air will eventually win out with the initial snow gradually turning to rain.

"This may also bring some flooding issues following recent wet weather and with snow then melting – though the snow looks to be the greater hazard.”

SCANDINAVIAN BLAST WILL SEE BRITAIN LASHED BY FREEZING WINDS

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall also said freezing winds will sweep in towards the end of next week - amid fears Brits could see a second Beast from the East.

"There are currently no signs of strong easterly winds, like we had in the previous Beast," he continued.

"We'll see a slightly milder blip for few days - but then there are some signs we could see a more northerly wind in latter stages of next week.

"That'll come in from Scandinavia and the north."

BRITAIN TO BE HIT BY SCANDINAVIAN BLAST NEXT WEEK

The cold weather will make a return it's believed - and forecasters say the UK will be hit by a Scandinavian blast next week.

Luke Miall of the Met Office said: "We've seen rain and snow through the night.

"We have also seen snow across eastern counties, as well as further north - including Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and up towards Scotland, although this has turned into rain.

"Snow in south-east England - particularly West London into western parts of East Anglia - cleared between late morning and early afternoon.

"However, there's still potential for more snow in a few places - we could see 10cm in some areas."

FORECAST: MELTING SNOW AND HEAVY RAIN 'LIKELY TO LEAD TO FLOODING' UNTIL WEDNESDAY

The Met Office has now issued a series of warnings for deluges on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - and experts have told Brits: "Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life."

Wales is set to see the worst of the rain, although millions of people in the north-west and South Yorkshire will also take a hit.

This afternoon, 22 flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is needed - are in place, largely across Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

A further 111 flood alerts have also been issued.

Experts say low pressure systems will move in from the Atlantic - bring with them "heavy and prolonged rainfall". That, combined with melting snow, is "likely to lead to flooding", forecasters say.

THREE DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN PREDICTED

Brits have been warned of flooding as heavy rain and melting snow combine - amid fears homes could be hit and lives could be at risk.

Forecasters had earlier said towns in Essex, Hertfordshire and East Anglia could be "cut off" as three inches of snow fell. Now, three days of heavy rain are predicted - with a slew of flood warnings issued.

Read more here.

WATCH: SNOW HIST LONDON AS SOME TOWNS 'COULD BE CUT OFF'

Snow hits London as some towns could be ‘cut off’ in Essex, Hertfordshire and East Anglia

SNOW FALLS IN LONDON AND AROUND M25 DURING A SHIVERING SATURDAY

London and areas around M25 were hit by snow today.

It comes amid weather warnings affecting many parts of the UK.

The snowfall began in the capital at around “around three or four in the morning” and would continue into the afternoon.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge projected that between three to five centimetres of snow would fall in total today.

Mr Patridge added that the snow would be followed by rain in the afternoon.

BLUSTERY WINDS IN THE NORTHWEST TONIGHT

WINTER WEATHER HITS THE PEAK DISTRICT IN DERBYSHIRE

Credit: Rachel Rennie/Triangle News

Credit: Rachel Rennie/Triangle News
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