Overnight lows and the latest snow depths

19 01 2013

As forecast temperatures fell well below zero across the UK last night and the heaviest of the snow started to ease in most areas.

The lowest temperature recorded at a Met Office observing station was Edinburgh, Gorgarbank, at -4.3 C and at 9am this morning the deepest snow cover was 27 cm at Lough Fea, Londonderry.

Lowest temperatures overnight 18 to 19 January 2013:

Location Area Temperature (Celsius)
Edinburgh Gogarbank                 Midlothian           -4.3
Lake Vyrnwy             Powys                -4.3
Pennerley                           Shropshire           -4.0
Tredegar Bryn Bach Park     Gwent                -3.5
Crosby                              Merseyside           -3.4
Libanus                             Powys                -3.4
Leek, Thorncliffe                   Staffordshire        -3.3
Little Rissington                   Gloucestershire      -3.3
Sennybridge                    Powys                -3.2
Carterhouse                         Roxburghshire        -3.1
Salsburgh                           Lanarkshire          -3.1
Keele                               Staffordshire        -3
Emley Moor                     West Yorkshire       -2.9
Astwood Bank                        Hereford & Worcester -2.8
Winterbourne                  West midlands        -2.8
Aviemore                            Inverness-shire      -2.7
Bingley                        West Yorkshire       -2.7
Liscombe                            Somerset             -2.7
Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest          North Yorkshire      -2.7
Spadeadam                     Cumbria              -2.7

Snow depths at 9am Saturday 19 January 2012:

Location Area Elevation Snow depth (cm)
Lough Fea              Londonderry          225 27
Sennybridge       Powys                307 22
Little Rissington      Gloucestershire      210 20
Loftus                 Cleveland            158 16
Liscombe               Somerset             348 16
Filton                 Avon                 59 16
Brize Norton           Oxfordshire          82 12
Hereford, Credenhill   Hereford & Worcester 76 11
Nottingham, Watnall    Nottinghamshire      117 11
Larkhill               Wiltshire            132 11
Albemarle              Northumberland       142 10
Cranwell               Lincolnshire         63 10
Benson                 Oxfordshire          57 10
Leconfield             Humberside           7 10
Redesdale Camp         Northumberland       211 9
Middle Wallop          Hampshire            90 9
Boscombe Down          Wiltshire            126 8
Aboyne            Aberdeenshire        140 8
Wittering              Cambridgeshire       73 8
Coningsby              Lincolnshire         6 7
Leek, Thorncliffe      Staffordshire        298 7
Northolt               Greater London       33 7
Leeming                North Yorkshire      33 6
Marham                 Norfolk              21 6
Shawbury               Shropshire           72 6
Bingley          West Yorkshire       262 6
Waddington             Lincolnshire         68 6
Odiham                 Hampshire            118 6
Eskdalemuir            Dumfriesshire        236 5
Hurn                   Dorset               10 5
Scampton               Lincolnshire         57 5
Charlwood              Surrey               67 5
Coleshill              Warwickshire         96 5
Wattisham              Suffolk              89 4
Boulmer                Northumberland       23 4
Dyce                   Aberdeenshire        65 4
Bedford                Bedfordshire         85 3
Trawsgoed              Dyfed                63 3
Church Fenton          North Yorkshire      8 3
Linton on Ouse         North Yorkshire      14 3
Heathrow               Greater London       25 3
Edinburgh, Gogarbank   Midlothian           57 3
St Athan               South Glamorgan      49 3
Herstmonceux, West End East Sussex          52 2

The cold weather is set to continue for the remainder of the weekend and ice is expected to be a major hazard, keep up to date with your local forecast for the latest update.





What to do when heavy snow is forecast

17 01 2013

Make sure you know what to do when severe weather warnings are in place for snow.

The first and most vital thing to do is check local and national weather forecasts and keep up to date with the latest warnings from the Met Office. Check the latest forecast for your area on our severe weather page.

You can also sign up to our severe weather RSS feed or severe weather twitter account for your local area. Keep up to date on social media on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

For more information on our severe weather warnings service, watch our video guide.

When a yellow warning has been issued: be aware

Yellow_snow_iconBe aware of the likely conditions and ensure you access the latest weather forecast for up to date weather information. Be aware that:

  • There may be small amounts of snow lying on roads and pavements so slippery road surfaces are possible.
  • Traffic may move generally slower than normal, and you may wish to allow extra time for your journey.
  • You should take extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas.

When an amber warning has been issued: be prepared

Amber_snow_iconDuring amber warnings be prepared to change your plans. Take precautions where possible and ensure you access the latest weather forecast. Be prepared for:

  • More widespread snow lying on roads and pavements with a number of road closures.
  • Localised disruption to road, rail and air transport with difficult driving conditions likely.  Journeys through affected areas may take longer than usual.
  • Taking extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas.

When a red warning has been issued: take action

Red_snow_iconDuring red warnings keep up to date with the forecast and take action to protect yourself and your property. Take action so you are ready for:

  • Widespread deep snow with many roads closed or impassable and a high risk of drivers becoming stranded.
  • Significant disruption to road, rail and air transport.
  • Risk to personal safety. You should avoid areas that are worst affected and are likely to pose additional risks.
  • Significant disruption to normal day to day life as a result of transport issues and school closures.
  • You should take the advice of local emergency services and local authorities in your area.

For advice on clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls read the snow code.

Useful links:

UK severe weather warnings

UK local forecasts

The snow code

Get ready for winter weather

UK snow

How does snow form?

Snow forecasting in the UK








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