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UK: Powerful storm to bring wintry showers Sunday and into next week

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 26, 2019, 10:49:14 AM EST


A storm from the Atlantic will bring the risk for rain, snow and damaging winds through Sunday, with more snow possible next week.

The next chance for snow is not far behind the widespread snowfall from this past Tuesday. A powerful storm system will take aim at the country this weekend and bring more snow for much of the British Isles.

As colder air races across the country Saturday night into Sunday, the risk for snow will increase and become more widespread. By Sunday, wintry showers will be confined largely to eastern areas.

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Areas from Scotland and Northern Ireland into northern England will be at highest risk for accumulating snowfall Saturday night, where temperatures will hover around 0 C (32 F) into Sunday.

Drier air will move into the United Kingdom by Sunday, though areas along the east coast will still be at risk for wintry showers.

High temperatures on Sunday will only reach 3-7 C (37-44 F) across the rest of England and Wales.

Areas at risk for snow include the communities of Edinburgh, Hull and Norwich.

Powerful winds will affect much of the country into Sunday as well, and could be strong enough to cause travel disruptions ranging from flight delays to rail and ferry cancellations and road closures.

Frequent wind gusts of 40-50 mph (65-80 km/h) are expected across Scotland, Wales and much of England into Sunday. Localized wind gusts up to 60 mph (97 km/h) are possible Scotland and eastern England from late Saturday into Sunday as well.

Areas that endure the strongest wind gusts may also be at risk for power outages.

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The recent cold, stormy weather pattern will continue into the coming week with additional chances for rain, snow and gusty winds.

There could be a break in the precipitation for much of the Isles on Monday, but cold, brisk winds will persist. Late Monday into Tuesday and even Wednesday, northwesterly winds will usher in wintry showers.

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"While only light accumulations are expected, flakes could fly from western Scotland and Northern Ireland to Wales and western England," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts.

Slippery travel could be the case in places that receive a thin coating or more of snow.

The active pattern with frequent bouts of wet weather is likely to continue through the end of next week.

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