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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 12:43 UK time, Thursday, 16 December 2010

The big freeze is about to return with Arctic winds bringing a big drop in temperature, ice and some significant snow fall tonight and tomorrow.

The north and west and the south west are likely to be worst hit. The snow will be in the form of showers, so amounts of snow will vary from place to place. 2 to 5cm, 1 to 2 inches is expected quite widely.

Fields of snow by Dr Murray.

Fields of snow by Dr Murray.

Some places can expect 5 to 10cm, 2 to 4 inches while the deepest snow is likely in Snowdonia with 20cm, 8 inches, of fresh snow possible by 6am on Friday.

Drifting is likely too with strong winds and blizzards on the mountains, and it will feel bitterly cold with a significant wind-chill making it feel more like -5 to -10 degrees Celsius.

On Saturday more wintry weather is expected. Low pressure will bring a spell of more general snow. 5 to 10cm, 2 to 4 inches, is expected widely, with the possibility of 20 to 25cm in places, 8 to 12 inches.

It would be worth keeping a very close eye on the forecast over the next couple of days for updates. Here is the latest weather warning from the Met Office.

Next week will continue very cold with some sunshine and a risk of snow showers at times and some very low night-time temperatures are likely too, -10 to -15 inland with severe frosts.

Follow the snow as it tracks across the UK with thisTwitter map

It's time to dig out the thermals and snow shoes!



  • Comment number 1.

    were are the snow ploughs

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Derek,
    Come to Pembrokeshire, here in Haverfordwest we had a very light smattering of snow last night, but thats gone, it's quite easy to get around, hardly any snow around , great for a nice walk on the beach!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Derek

    What a day of snow we have had here in Gelligaer near Hengoed. Its been snowong all day and the children and i have just measured 13.5 INCHES of snow. Most we have ever seen!!!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Derek

    Its been snowing all day here in the elan valley (powys) we have just measured a foot of snow and it is still snowing now. I have never seen so much snow!!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Derek,
    As a geography teacher at a secondary school pupils very interested in recent very cold and snowy weather. Thanks for lively and informative forecasts which we share with pupils. But please use cm for snow depth as well as inches. Have we returned to the 1960s this week with imperial measurements only used in forecasts?

  • Comment number 6.

    It's snowing here in Caerphilly quite heavily?

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi I've been watching BBC and the Welsh News at 6pm on BBC1 - no mention of the hours of hold ups in Newport area. It took my daughter, making her way home from work at mid-day, 4 hours to drive from the Royal Gwent Hospital to the Tredegar Park roundabout. She eventually arrived home in Newbridge 8 hours after starting out. A distance of 10 miles. No police, no snow ploughs no assistance and certainly no mentions of this holdup or any others in this area on the BBC News at 6 or the Welsh News. Seems as though Newport, Risca, Caerphilly, Blackwood, Newbridge, Crumlin, Pontypool and Cwmbran are not on the BBC Wales map.


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