UK: Wintry showers to last into midweek as windstorm threat looms

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 15, 2018, 10:27:17 AM EST

Cold winds will chill the United Kingdom with days of wintry showers in advance of a potential windstorm at midweek.

A potent cold front that swept across the U.K. into Monday morning has unleashed biting winds and a much colder air mass across the country.

Wintry showers and gusty winds will batter the U.K. into Wednesday with southern England expecting only rain showers.

Those attempting to use a brolly to deflect the frequent showers will have a difficult time due to the gusty winds.

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The showers will be most frequent across northern and western areas where hill snow will create slippery travel.

The heaviest falls are expected in the hills of Scotland, northern England and Wales. Local snow amounts up to 20 cm (8 inches) will be possible in Scotland.

Aside form treacherous travel, some disruption to daily routes and localized power cuts cannot be ruled out.

On a positive note, the snow will be a boon for the ski resorts.

Snow will not be confined to just the hills during the upcoming week. Wintry showers are also expected in the lower elevations, including across Northern Ireland and Wales.

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The highest chance for snow settling on roads and sidewalks and creating slippery travel will be at night and during the early morning hours. However, a heavy burst of snow during the day can cause these surfaces to turn slushy for a time.

Even where snow does not fall, blustery winds will make it feel like winter has reclaimed its dominance over the U.K.

While most days during the week will feature blustery and wintry showers, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring the potential for a fast-moving windstorm at midweek.

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This depression could be strong enough to bring damaging winds to a large portion of the country while also causing outbreaks of rain and high-elevation snow.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys warns "This storm will bring widespread wind gusts of 50-60 mph (80-95 km/h)." He adds some areas along the west coast of Scotland, England and Wales could gust to 80 mph (129 km/h).

Rain and wind lingering into Thursday morning could lead to a slow commute as rail and ferry service may have significant delays.

Widespread power cuts are possible with this storm and could also last into Thursday afternoon in the hardest hit areas.

In the wake of the potential storm, more wintry showers and cold winds are expected to resume late in the week.

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