Pangbourne Weather Warning

From Met Office (for the SE):

There is still considerable uncertainty about the weather for the weekend and that uncertainty looks set to continue right up to the wire. Below is the current considerations however you are strongly emphasise to keep a careful eye out for updates as we go through the next 24-36 hours.

FRIDAY: Most of the Southeast should have a dry but very cold day. There is a risk of a few heavy snow showers running in from the northwest right across the region and these would give a covering of snow – perhaps few centimetres – in any areas they do affect. A Flash warning was issued earlier this morning in relation to these showers (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/se/se_forecast_warnings.html). This included Milton Keynes and Bucks. It may need to be extended through the day. Monitor the radar images to keep track of these (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/). A very cold day with temperatures barely getting above freezing in many places. Tonight a sharp frost everywhere before the problems and uncertainties start on Saturday.

WEEKEND: The main problem is that the forecasters are having difficulties predicting the precise track of a small scale weather system which will be running across the UK during Saturday. A track across the south of England will bring us all potentially a lot of snow while one further south limits the extent of any snow. The Early Warning which was issued yesterday is being updated at the moment but a similar message to yesterday’s will apply to us in the Southeast.

Current predictions for the Southeast region is that we could see some snow showers running in from the west during tonight bringing a few centimetres of snow to many areas before a more persistent area develops and moves across during the day. A map is attached giving the current indication of potential snow depths for the whole UK during Saturday. You will see all SE counties can expect to see up to 10cm in places through Saturday and much of the southeast falls into the 10-15cm, locally 20cm by the end of Saturday. Along the south coast amounts should be smaller because there may well be a more of a rain/snow mix. I would stress once again though, the uncertainty in this detail and urge you to keep abreast of forecasts over the next 24 hours.

Sunday retains a risk of some sleet and snow in southern coastal counties from a frontal system running along the Channel and we will need to watch this one too. Some significant snowfall could result on Sunday if this system comes a little further north. By Sunday night though and then into Monday, things look quieter again. There will be some freezing fog patches around on Monday morning but Monday should be a cold, and mainly dry day with some sunshine. It looks like staying quiet but cold in our region at least for the first half of next week.

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