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UK Storm Brings Snow, Wind, Rain

February 13, 2013; 9:55 AM

The latest in a series of wintry storms has blown into the U.K. on Wednesday, giving high winds, bursts of snow and soaking rain.

The instigating Atlantic storm was the same weather system that buried parts of the northeastern U.S. beneath up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow late last week.

Fresh snow covered the ground by Wednesday afternoon in much of Scotland and northern England, with snow reaching south to Manchester and Birmingham.

Slashing rain, driven by winds of 40-55 mph (about 65-90 km/h), pelted the coast from Wales to northern Scotland.

The U.K. Met Office advised of snowfall to 10 cm (4 inches) through Wednesday night over hills and 2-4 cm (about 1 inch) before a turnover to rain at low elevation.

Snow depth in Glasgow, Scotland, reached 5 cm (2 inches) as of midday, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed. In southern Scotland, snow depth reached 10 cm at Eskdalemuir.

London and most of southern England was expected to have rain with a little than a bit of wet snow.


A powerful winter storm, its center marked by a cloud swirl south of Iceland, throws heavy cloud over the British Archipelago. At this time, cold air was well anchored from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea, enabling the storm to shed some snow over the U.K. Image taken 1400 UTC Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

The storm itself, centered south of Iceland Wednesday, was forecast to weaken as it tracked eastward through Thursday. This shift would allow strong coastal winds to abate as the brunt of the storm's precipitation, mostly rain, shifted eastward and southward over the U.K.

This strong north Atlantic storm was actually the successor to the powerful nor'easter that "exploded" off the eastern U.S. last Friday, Feb. 7, 2013. The storm than swept past Newfoundland to open seas on Sunday before strengthening anew south of Iceland on Tuesday.

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