Snow warning and cold weather alert

There is the potential for snow tonight and tomorrow which could lead to difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport and icy stretches on untreated surfaces leading to the risk of slips and falls.

Gritters will be out this evening and tomorrow morning treating all main roads in Kent.

Warnings & Alerts issued:

  • Yellow SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) valid 3am to 8pm on Saturday.
  • Cold Weather Alert Level-2 issued indicating a 60% risk of trigger temperatures being met between now and 9am on Monday.

Today / Tomorrow:

Rather cloudy at first today but some sunny spells are expected to develop during the day.

It will be fine and frosty at first tonight but cloud and outbreaks of rain are expected to spread from the west later in the night.

As the rain spreads east it will meet the colder air across SE England and turn to snow.

In western parts of our area the snow is likely to be fairly transitory and no significant accumulations are expected with the snow soon turning to rain again and melting.

However, further east the snow is expected to last longer and give accumulations of 1-3 cm quite widely, with mainly high ground possibly seeing as much as 5-10 cm.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) to cover the areas most likely to see the snow accumulations and potential impacts.

Impacts could include difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport and slips and falls. There is also a low risk of seeing power outages.

The snow will gradually turn to rain during the afternoon, as slightly warmer air arrives from the west, before clearing late afternoon.

Sunday to Wednesday:

Isolated showers may affect east Kent at first on Sunday otherwise it will be fine and dry with sunny spells.

Monday will start fine and dry but cloud will increase during Monday with areas of rain and drizzle spreading east late afternoon and evening.

The rain and drizzle will clear some places for a while during Tuesday morning before further rain spreads east during the day, gradually clearing to the southeast during Wednesday.

Temperatures generally rising into the mid to high-single figures Celsius, possibly into double figures in a few places, before colder conditions spread south again on Wednesday.

Snow warning and cold weather alert was last modified: January 15th, 2021 by Thom Morris