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5 live on snow watch

Thursday 17 January 2013, 14:38

Simon King Simon King Broadcast Meteorologist

Snow on cars As you may be aware, we are expecting some heavy snow during Friday and into the weekend.  While this is not out of the ordinary for wintertime in the UK, the snow we are expecting may well lead to some disruption to your day.

Over this last week we’ve had temperatures gradually falling across the UK as easterly winds drawn in much colder air from Scandinavia.  This led to Wednesday night being the coldest night of the winter so far with a temperature down to -13.4C (8F) in Marham, Norfolk.

Things will start to get interesting on Friday with a battleground being set up across the UK with milder air and rain bumping into the very cold air currently over us.  This type of weather scenario is always a tricky one because whether you get rain, sleet or snow is determined by which air mass wins the fight.  Hence the finer detail can sometimes be uncertain with the forecast for any one location perhaps changing slightly.   

However, in this instance we are expecting the cold air to win and therefore bring us some significant snow with the main areas of disruption across Northern Ireland, Wales, parts of SW England and into SE England.   

Snow totals will be typically between 5-20cm in those worst hit areas with even 1-5cm falling in other parts.  Over the weekend there will be more but lighter snow affecting large parts of the country.

Be prepared for the possible disruption and stay tuned to the forecast throughout the morning with me on 5live.

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    Comment number 1.

    Will Plymouth get any snow? We always seem to miss out as we are in a bowl between the moors and the sea, on some weather sites it looks like we may get hit but most likely it will be rain as per normal

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    Comment number 2.

    On a 24 hour news station, it seems odd that weather is deemed the only thing safe to post!

    Regular posters will know what's going on - ahead of the Rajars & Papal puff of smoke to elect Wall. But a post. On something, other than the obvious would be expected for the £84 million/ year the staion recieves. But, aparrently not.

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    Comment number 3.

    Gawd Blimey Guvnor... with this the first and only blog in almost a month you are spoiling us.

    If it is of any interest....... Snowed here most of the day and have a couple of inches of laying snow on the ground. It's cold and I hate it. (North Herts)

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    Comment number 4.

    Is this really all 5 Live has to offer?
    Nothing about the Christmas/New year coverage, nothing about the changes at the station, nothing about any major coverage since the last blog about Nolan going home (!) and now two pieces by the weatherman, nothing about anything but the weather.
    While I am on here, Nolan persists in including material from his NI show. The NI stuff is mostly incoherent phone in material and also not relevant to anyone at all on what I shall call the mainland. The long interviews are generally book plugs. That cannot be denied - just listen. Radio 4 is having a big discussion on why people go on BBC radio programmes and there is a station backlash against book pluggers that should really be considered on the station.

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    Comment number 5.

    I'd like to support the weather report, as it's the only part of Breakfast that sounds like it's aimed at adults these days.
    This week hit a new low when there was an interesting item on Aston Martin and Campbell interrupted it (it was around 658 so he was just appearing) by sounding like a small child asking infantile questions. He asked a question twice as he said he didn't hear the answer because he said he didn't have his headphones on for some of the item!

    I'd quite like 58 minutes of weather and 2 minutes of the three presenters' childish behaviour.
    I'm afraid I'm on the verge of leaving Breakfast after 15 years and switching to Radio 4 and some grown up presenting.

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    Comment number 6.

    So Mr Wall, what have you been up to since December 21st? A complete shutdown on news from the station. One of the dullest festive offerings ever and absolutely no news of any of the badly needed changes to your presentation team or the station direction.

    We (your most important asset, the listener) are looking for change, for inspiration and a greatly upgraded radio station.

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    Comment number 7.

    Weather report...............Snowing heavily again in Hertfordshire and has been for some hours. I can't get out and am fed up with it.

    Keeping the dream alive....

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    Comment number 8.

    Still snowing.............

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    Comment number 10.

    Where to start Zelda ... Let's hope this is the tip of the iceberg.

    Also have a look at The Guardian media page for 'speculation' on the next Five Live controller.

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    Comment number 11.

    Nothing to do with weather - but I've read that Colin Murray is to be replaced on MOTD2 by Mark Chapman. Give Eleanor Oldroyd her old Sunday pm slot on 5 live back but whatever you do do not get rid of John Murray!

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    Comment number 12.

    Oops sorry Zelda - that'll teach me to read the comments first before adding one of my own!!

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    Comment number 13.

    No worries Sarnia.... I hope you are well in this chilly weather. We still have laying snow here in Hertfordshire. I can't really get out as I get out of breath when I have to walk over snow so am pretty much stuck indoors and going stir crazy. Hopefully it will be gone soon.

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    Comment number 14.

    Fine thanks Zelda. No snow here in Guernsey at mo although we did have quite a bit last Friday . Where are you in Herts? Mr. Sarnia is from Ware in Herts and my ancient ma-in-law still lives there!

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    Comment number 15.

    I am in the 1950s concrete conurbation called Stevenage....... for my sins. Born and bred here.

 

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