Met Office warns freeze to return with threat of more snow

Freezing weather is ‘certain’ to return to the UK, according to the Met Office, after Storm Erik killed three people.

The storm system, named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann, saw winds of up to 80mph and torrential rain.

At least three people were killed, including a kitesurfer and two motorists, as the deep area of low pressure churned through Britain over the weekend.

A yellow weather warning for ice came into force last night in Scotland with flurries across areas of higher ground.

Today will see icy temperatures starting off cold and frosty but clear sunny spells will bring more clement weather as the day progresses.


And by mid-week temperatures are expected to be milder  due to a high-pressure weather system which will keep severe weather fronts at bay, meaning the UK could enjoy an unseasonably warm Valentine’s Day on Thursday.

However the Met Office believes cold weather is “certain” to return from February 22, with freezing blasts of wind and snow possible at low levels.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told the Daily Star , despite the rise in temperatures this week, “we’ve certainly not had the last cold spell of winter”. 


He said: “There are cold spells likely in the period from February 22 until March 10.

“We may see snow to low levels with nights below zero, although it’s too early to say how low temperatures will go.

“Spring might officially start on March 1 but there’s still potential cold ahead even in March.”

Weathertrending forecaster John Hammond believes there could be another ‘Beast from the East’ which struck at roughly the same time last year.


On February 28 last year temperatures plunged to -11.7C in South Farnborough, Hampshire with nationwide snow and ice chaos.

Although meteorological spring starts on March 1, Hammond said a repeat of last February’s cold snap could be on the cards.

He said: “Southern and eastern areas are most prone to a continental chill from February 18, with an ongoing chance easterly winds will bring much colder air towards us.


“March is the start of spring but computer model output shows no reason to change the emphasis for likely chilly weather as we head into March.

“The greatest chance of snow may occur just before milder air ousts cold air across the UK.”

The yellow ice warning in place for parts of northern Scotland will remain in place until 10am on Monday.

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