UK weather LIVE – Exact date 'Storm Gladys' set to hit UK this week bringing snow as Met Office issues warnings

UK weather LIVE – Exact date 'Storm Gladys' set to hit UK this week bringing snow as Met Office issues warnings

February 23, 2022

A NEW storm is set to hit the UK this week, just days after the unruly weather from Storm Eunice.

The next storm is set to be called Gladys, as it is next on the Met Office’s list of names. However it has not yet been confirmed and named by forecasters, but the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as 60mph gale force winds.

Storm Gladys could bring more torrential downpour and heavy winds across the country from Thursday, wreaking further havoc.

Parts of the UK including London and Bristol could see up to 2cm of snowfall per hour on Thursday, according to the latest weather graphs by WXcharts.

Snow will reach the north of England from 6pm on Wednesday continuing down to the Midlands overnight, according to the latest predictions.

Bristol could see snowy weather between 9am and midday on Thursday when there is a chance snow will scatter parts of southern England.

Read our weather live blog for the latest on Storm Eunice…

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    UK weather outlook for Thursday and Friday

    Early rain across England and Wales will clear south-eastwards during the morning on Thursday to reveal sunny spells and a chance of showers, some wintry.

    Any early showers on Friday will soon clear.

    It will then be fine as it will be dry and bright with long spells of winter sunshine expected.

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    Today’s forecast

    Any early mist will clear.

    It will then be largely dry and bright with spells of sunshine however variable amounts of cloud cover will build.

    Outbreaks of rain will sink south-eastwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland and may be locally heavy.

    Light rain and showers across parts of Wales.

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    Will there be flooding?

    The Environment Agency has urged communities in parts of the West Midlands and the north of England to be prepared for significant flooding until Wednesday.

    It issued severe flood warnings, meaning a “danger to life” for Ironbridge and Bewdley where the temporary flood defences face being overtopped.

    Telford & Wrekin councillor Shaun Davies, who was on the scene in Ironbridge on Tuesday morning said: “Some properties have no protection from flood defences and are still under water, and we have evacuated properties behind defences that could be breached while supporting those who have decided to stay put.

    “We are doing all we can to support residents and are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.”

    The River Severn bursts it's banks in Ironbridge yesterday afternoon Credit: Solent
    The flooded Kings Arms pub in YorkCredit: LNP
    The Old Boathouse is heavily flooded as the River Severn bursts its banks in Ironbridge, ShropsCredit: Craig Thomas/News Images
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    Weather expected to settle by Friday

    The weather is expected to settle around Friday when the winds will ease. 

    Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said it will "turn a lot drier and brighter" but it might only be a short-lived, calmer spell for some parts.

    Wilson said: "I think at the moment, we're past the worst, there will be more rain around but not in a similar note to what we've seen in recent days.

    "We will be keeping a close eye on it because some areas are quite sensitive to rain after recent flooding." 

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    So windy, your umbrella might not even help

    Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told The Sun Online a snow warning is in place for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday.

    He said there is a small chance of 70mph winds on the coasts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland but it's more likely the winds will reach gusts between 50 – 60mph. 

    Low levels up to 10cm of snow can be expected and 30cm on the higher ground of Scotland which are likely to see blizzards.

    It will be blustery across England with winds reaching 30 – 40mph, but the Met Office isn't forecasting snow to fall outside far northwest of the UK. 

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    Showers with possible lightning

    According to The Daily Mirror, a Met Office spokesman has said that this week: “Temperatures across Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to drop sharply following a squally band of rain on Wednesday, with frequent heavy and blustery snow showers arriving from the Atlantic.

    “The showers will be accompanied by strong, blustery winds, with gusts of 50-60 mph possible, and a small chance of 70 mph on coasts.

    “Blizzard conditions are likely over higher ground.

    “There is a very small chance that some of the showers could be accompanied by frequent lightning, which may could impact power supplies.

    “Snow showers are increasingly likely to turn back to rain and sleet at low levels later Thursday morning and early afternoon, although remaining as snow above 200-300m.”

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    When will 'Storm Gladys' hit the UK?

    The next storm will be called Gladys, as it is next on the Met Office’s list of names, however fully fledged storm has not yet been confirmed and named by forecasters.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as 60mph gale force winds, with snow due for many parts of the country.

    The weather system will hit the north west of England from 6am until 3pm on Wednesday, and large parts of Scotland will also see with snow and wind between 1pm to 3pm.

    Another warning is in place for Thursday between 1pm and 3pm, for heavy snow showers, very gusty winds and a small chance of lightning.

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    Who will see snow this week?

    The south of England is yet to be blanketed in snow despite the ever-fluctuating weather patterns.

    Netweather is also predicting that Bristol has a possibility of snow arriving on Thursday, February 24. There is an estimated 24 per cent likelihood as temperatures are expected to feel like -1C.

    In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Met Office predicts temperatures will drop sharply following a band of rain on Wednesday "with frequent heavy and blustery snow showers arriving from the Atlantic."

    Forecasters predict 2-5cm of snow in areas away from immediate west-facing coasts, with 7-10cm of snow likely to build up even at low levels.

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    Weather from across the Atlantic

    Meteorologists have said the adverse weather is due to a strong jet stream driving weather systems across the Atlantic.

    Met Office chief meteorologist, Andy Page, said: "As Storm Franklin clears the UK and pushes into the near continent this afternoon the windy conditions will gradually ease and showers become fewer, leaving some dry, sunny weather for many.

    "However, a band of rain and strong winds will reach the northwest overnight and this weather front moves south and east through Tuesday, petering out as it does so.

    "Thursday is potentially the coldest day of the week with a frost to start for some. Gusty winds and heavy rain continue to move south and east across the country, clearing the Southeast of England by lunchtime.

    "Wintry showers are expected mainly over the hills in the north again, but there could be some snow to low levels at times."

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    Snowfall this week

    Parts of the UK including London and Bristol could see up to 2cm of snowfall per hour on Thursday, according to the latest weather graphs by WXcharts.

    Snow will reach the north of England from 6pm on Wednesday continuing down to the Midlands overnight, according to the latest predictions.

    Bristol could see snowy weather between 9am and midday on Thursday when there is a chance snow will scatter parts of southern England.

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    A new storm?

    A NEW storm is set to hit the UK this week, just days after the unruly weather from Storm Eunice.

    The next storm is set to be called Gladys, as it is next on the Met Office’s list of names. However it has not yet been confirmed and named by forecasters, but the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as 60mph gale force winds.

    Storm Gladys could bring more torrential downpour and heavy winds across the country from Thursday, wreaking further havoc.

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