When will it stop snowing? How long will it snow for in March 2023 - latest weather forecast
The UK has experienced its lowest March temperatures since 2010 thanks to ‘Arctic maritime air’
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Despite spring being right around the corner, snow has brought travel disruption to parts of the UK as the country experiences its coldest March temperatures since 2010. The coldest temperature of 2023 – minus 16C – was recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands on Wednesday (8 March) night.
As a result of the unusual weather on Wednesday, Bristol Airport temporarily closed for “snow clearing operations” with morning flights cancelled, and delays also affecting passengers at other airports in the south of England. National Highways has warned drivers in the West Midlands and the East of England not to travel unless their journey is essential.
This is what you need to know.
When will it stop snowing?
According to the Met Office, it looks like areas across the UK can expect to see snow throughout the course of the week and potentially even beyond.
The Met Office says thatThursday will be “cloudy with spells of rain across southern England” which will spread north, turning to snow over Wales and other parts of England. Additionally, Scotland will be brighter, but with “snow showers far north”.
Looking towards Friday and across the weekend, the Met Office says that snow, sleet and rain will clear east through Friday, “with snow showers following into northern Scotland”. It’ll be a cold start to Saturday followed by further “rain and snow track northeastwards through the weekend”.
Predicting the weather gets more difficult the further you look into the future, however the Met Office states in its long range weather forecast that wintry showers could be expected up until Wednesday 3 April.
What weather warnings are in place?
A number of yellow and amber weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued across the UK from Thursday 9 to Friday 10 March, covering large areas of the country.
Regarding the warnings, the Met Office says that you can expect:
- Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
- Bus and train services to be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible
- Some rural communities to be temporarily cut off
- Potential power cuts, with other services possibly affected
- Untreated pavements and cycle paths to possibly become impassable with a chance of injuries from slips and falls on snow covered or icy surfaces