LONDON Jan 12: Heavy snowfall and strong winds are going to hit London on Thursday, wreaking havoc across the capital.
After a relatively mild day on Wednesday, temperatures are going to plummet overnight – with people waking up to much colder temperatures on Thursday morning.
The Met Office has even put in ‘yellow’ severe weather warnings for the whole of southern England and Wales, west and north Wales, Northern Ireland and most of Scotland.
Forecasters are warning of extremely heavy rain, strong winds and snow, with ice and snow-related disruption expected across the capital and south east England today.
‘As a developing area of low pressure moves east across southern Britain on Thursday, there is potential for rain to turn rapidly to snow as cold air is drawn in,’ the chief forecaster’s assessment says.
‘However, there is a great deal of uncertainty over the track and intensity of this system, meaning that confidence is low in the amount and extent of any snow.’
Forecasters are expecting around two to five inches of snow in some places, with the possibility of five to 10 inches falling in other areas.
Snow is expected to start falling after midday, when a band of rain from the across the channel hits the freezing air.
Then, the heaviest snowfall will start around mid-afternoon, potentially causing travel disruptions for people commuting home during rush hour.
Around 6pm, temperatures in the city will fall even further to around 1C, before dropping to 0C around midnight.
Motorists are also being warned to take care, as there could be long stretches of ice on the roads.