We are going back to WINTER! We have a name to blame for this: Storm Ciril, an Atlantic front which has brought a flow of arctic air, currently sweeping much of Europe…
I wonder how many people won’t be able to pay their gas and electricity bills this month…
Hopefully frost damage will not be widespread!
Scotland and UK
A blast of icy Arctic air has seen snow blanket parts of Britain, with flurries reported as far south as London, prompting warnings of travel disruption.
Icy conditions across Scotland are causing travel chaos for parts of the country after heavier than expected snowfall.
After overnight temperatures dropped as low as -6°C in Scotland, much of the UK remained in sub-zero conditions on Thursday morning.
The mercury forecast to sit at 0°C in St Alban’s, -3°C in Derry and and -2°C in Glasgow.
A yellow weather warning remained in place throughout much of the east coast and north on Thursday morning.
A lorry crashed off the A9 near Aviemore at around 5.20am. The condition of the driver is unknown.
According to the German Weather Serivce (DWD), both high and lower-altitude regions saw heavy snow, with parts of the motorway in North Rhine-Westphalia needing to be de-iced.
On Friday afternoon, more snowfall was expected in central and southern Germany, particularly in the regions surrounding the Alps. In the northern half of the country, temperatures in the low single-digits and windstorms were forecast.
Slippery roads are also possible again due to the snow and ice. A spokesperson for the German Weather Service told DPA that people in the coldest areas should drive with caution.
In Baden-Württemberg, fresh snow fell in the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps on Friday morning and is set to continue into the weekend.
According to DWD, up to 10 centimetres of snow may fall over the course of the day, particularly in the northeast of Baden-Württemberg at higher elevations.
People in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia can also expect a wintry Friday, with snowfall at times.
The first day of the weekend looks set to bring even more snow to the south, with up to 10 inches of snowfall at higher altitudes. The cold spell is likely to retreat during the night, however, with the winter wonderland becoming a little more springlike over the course of Sunday.
For those desperate for a return to clear blue skies and balmy temperatures, meteorologists have some bad news.
“Will it be spring-like again? No,” says DWD’s Tobias Reinartz. “Although it will become somewhat milder again (which is no real feat), it will mostly remain cool for April in the coming week.
“It will also be stormy and very unstable with some sleet now and then. All in all, the weather will be more autumnal than spring-like.”
DWD has also warned that the return of wintry temperatures after several weeks of warmth and sunshine could pose a problem for gardeners whose plants are already in bloom.
Frost damage is a particular risk for plants close to the ground, with the potential to damage crops of strawberries and other fruits. [The Local]
“We’re going back to winter”: Snow cools the atmosphere in France…
Snow is falling on the northern part of the country this Friday, in Ile-de-France and also in Normandy, and in the Massif Central.
Météo-France has placed 22 departments on snow and ice alert.
Here in Switzerland, it has snowed all day long and it will continue overnight. My wife told me she doesn’t recall seeing so much snow during this winter (at least in Bern). It snowed about 10cm (4 inches) in 12 hours!
The Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, La Rioja and, especially, Navarra woke up this morning under a blanket of snow…
So, yes, I really hope plants will resist this cold and wintry weather!
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