The warnings keep on coming as the first significant wintry spell sets it sights on the UK.
Before we get into the detail its worth baring in mind that whilst there is a severe spell of weather expected the duration is expected to be quite short with the main timeframe for severe conditions from Saturday afternoon through till 06:00 Sunday with a return to average temperatures on Monday.
As you can there is alot to contend with over the 18 hour period from midday on Saturday. Even before this period begins areas outside of the areas shaded red may well see some wet snow falling for a short period of time however accumulations are unlikely.
As the bulk of the precipitation bumps into the cold air anywhere from the North Midlands Northwards need to be prepared for snow or freezing rain. Initially snow is expected but as the weather fronts move across the UK it is likely a warm layer will melt the snow as it falls however temperatures at ground level may still be at or below freezing turning this super cooled rain immediately to ice upon impact.
This phenomenon is quite rare in the UK however it can be lethal for those who are braving the elements. Black ice will form readily and trees and powerlines can be brought down under the weight of the ice. The latter may not take place due to the relatively short period of time freezing rain is expected, However slippery surfaces are almost assured so it may be worth getting out and about early if you are still looking for those Christmas presents.
Another hazard will be for any of the high travel routes, The heavy snow in these areas will be accompanied by strong winds gusting up to 60MPH with a risk of Blizzard conditions so expect some road closures.
As for those outside of the areas shaded in red Saturday will be a blustery and wet day from around 3pm onwards before the rain clears away during the evening. This will then be followed up by a much calmer, drier day Sunday.
The new week is almost upon on us and with it a spell of significant and disruptive snow for some in the U.S with as much as 12″ falling.
Heavy snow will fall from around midday today for Denver and much of Colorado before spreading into Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma later on in the day.
The largest falls will spread from Denver down to Pueblo and South East to Amarillo with many areas hit by 3″ minimum and up to 12″ in the worst hit areas, Some of which will experience whiteout conditions.
Many of these areas will then see an exceptionally cold night with temperatures 20-30 degrees below the expected normal for November.
The band of snow will progress North East over the course of Monday and Tuesday bringing further significant accumulations for parts of New York State, Vermont and Maine before affecting Montreal and Quebec City in Canada.
As you could probably tell by the headline, Everything bar the kitchen sink is thrown into the mix this week.
Many areas will see snow overnight and into Tuesday, Particularly in the West of Scotland, NW England, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Alot of this will be in the form of showers which will be somewhat hit and miss however they will be particularly heavy with the possibility of thundersnow due to the unstable air being dragged in all the way from Greenland.
The snowy scene will continue right across the UK up until Wednesday evening when a storm roles in off the Atlantic bringing powerful winds and possible flooding to coastal areas overnight for Southern Scotland/Northern England.
As this storm moves through those on the northern extent (Largely Scotland) will see a spell of snow that could bring with it up to 15cms on top of that seen previously with heavy rain for many areas elsewhere.
In the wake of this storm the conditions will quickly cool down again bringing further snow showers right up until the weekend!
If you want to enjoy some of the highest falls of snow this coming week then perhaps now is a time to head to either Nevis Range or Glencoe Mountain with over 1 metre expected.