That’s right folks. In the wake of ever-changing weather forecasts (as fickle as the skies themselves – which makes sense…), it looks like London may get a snowy winter after all. Currently, the ever-exciting snowflake symbol can be seen on the Met Office’s London forecast for today (January 8). That means snow!
The Met Office says today will be “Often cloudy and cold with limited sunny spells today. Wintry showers are possible, these mainly across eastern areas at first but spreading west through the day. Windy, especially on coasts, exacerbating the cold feel. Maximum temperature 3 °C.”
When will it snow in London today?
According to the Met Office’s weather map, snow will start to fall over London just before midday today. The potential for snow continues throughout the day, petering out at about 8pm tonight. The map shows the snow largely concentrating on East and South London, with some small potential for wintry showers in North London as well. In some areas, more than 4mm of snow could fall per hour!
The chance of precipitation – which covers rain and “other types of precipitation, such as sleet, snow, hail and drizzle” – currently stands at 50%.
Today’s forecast also sees the Met Office raising a yellow weather warning for ice that affects parts of London and Southeast England. Londoners are warned that “Icy patches and wintry showers [will affect] some areas on Monday morning, leading to potentially slower journeys.”
There is no further snow predicted for the rest of the week. But that doesn’t mark the end of it all! There is a chance of even more snow next week. The Met Office’s UK long range weather forecast for January 12-21 mentions a “risk of a period of snow across some southern areas for a time”.
Meanwhile, January 22 – February 5’s long range forecast predicts “an increased chance compared to normal of cold conditions along with the associated impacts from low temperatures, ice and snow. Frontal systems will probably move in from the west or southwest at times, bringing periods of rain or snow.”