While waiting for the Troposphere to respond to the current SSW (likely by mid-late Jan), the Met Office has issued a severe cold weather alert amid the precursing Arctic plunge about to sweep the British Isles (and Europe).
The agency has revealed there is a high chance of severe cold temperatures which could result in icy conditions and heavy snow this week.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 9am on Thursday January 3 and 12am on Saturday January 5 in parts of England.
“This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”
The warning comes after reports of potential snow later this month as the impacts from the ongoing Sudden Stratospheric Warming event over the Arctic take hold — read more on that here.
The Met Office revealed that between Monday 14 January to Monday 28 January, heavy snow was likely even at lower levels throughout the UK.
This week’s Arctic outbreak will descend into the majority of Europe, making for challenging conditions as heavy snow and ice disrupt transport. Though this week’s events will seem a merry picnic when compared with those on the horizon — mid-to-late January is setting up to be truly awful.
Cut some wood.
Grand Solar Minimum
[Featured Image: GFS Temp Anomaly Chart showing 4C to 12C below average across Europe for Jan 04]