Snow set to fall on London on Saturday amid weather warnings across much of UK
ondon is set to be blanketed with snow on Saturday amid weather warnings affecting many parts of the UK. The snowfall will begin in the capital “around three or four in the morning” and will continue into the afternoon, the Met Office said. Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge projected that between three to five centimetres of snow would fall in London on Saturday.
Mr Patridge added that the snow would be followed by rain in the afternoon. “By the time we get to late morning and into the afternoon that snow will then turn to rain”, he said.
The capital will see between 3-5 centimetres of snow
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“The rain will be falling on the snow, so a lot of snow will probably get washed away. By the time we get to the evening there may not be a great deal of snow left.”
Efforts to press on with the vaccine rollout and treatment have continued despite the bad weather, although Leeds University delayed the opening of its asymptomatic Covid-19 test centre. Over-80s who were due to receive their Covid-19 vaccine at Newcastle’s Centre for Life were told they could re-book rather than risk making a trip in the icy conditions.
Snow will turn to rain in the afternoon
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The Met Office said a band of heavy snow may lead to travel disruption amid a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for Scotland, northern and central England on Saturday. The River Roding in Essex burst its banks as a large swathe of England was covered by 30 flood warnings by Friday lunchtime.
Brighter Futures, which supports people with homelessness, mental health and other complex needs, said its severe weather emergency procedure is active due to the cold weather forecast. It provides homes, hostels and health services in the Midlands and is giving emergency accommodation for everyone it sees, including people who are sleeping rough in Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme.
East Anglia along with parts of Kent and Sussex should also be braced for snow on Saturday, according to the Met Office yellow weather warning. Between 1-3cm of snow may fall fairly widely over these areas, with 5-10 cm possible in places, mostly over parts of East Anglia and any higher ground.
The warning added: “Given recent wet weather and high river levels with rain and snow falling, then melting some flooding impacts are also possible.”