UK weather forecast: Exact date snow will fall as Brits will see Arctic blast hit parts of country
16th January 2022

FORECASTERS say that heavy snow could blanket London before the end of January, so make sure you're wrapping up warm!

WX Charts predicts snow will fall in Scotland on Friday, January 28 before moving south, hitting Newcastle by 6pm that day, and the following day, wintry showers will graze East Anglia early in the morning.

Swathes of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire – including the capital – will then see snow on Sunday, January 30, it's predicted.

And, it is believed that before the month is out, millions will see snow amid a freezing Arctic blast.

The Met Office's longer-range forecasts suggest "colder interludes" between January 29 and mid-February – although temperatures will be "slightly above average".

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: What can happen in an Arctic Blast?

    When temperatures are below freezing and wind chills plunging to 35 degrees below zero during an Arctic Blast travel is very dangerous.

    Freezing rain, sleet, and black ice can occur when this weather occurrence strikes.

    When this winter blast occurs it often brings record-breaking cold fronts and snowfall with it.

    Prior to an Arctic Blast below are some things to do in order to prepare:

    • Schedule a furnace inspection to ensure your heat system will work
    • Fix up drafty areas in your home
    • Close your curtains
    • Prepare for a power outage
    • Ensure your pets have their food, medications, and whatever else they might need

    Another tip some might not think about is to avoid drinking any alcohol as alcohol can speed up the onset and worsen the effects of hypothermia.

    Bundle up, and hunker down as an Arctic Blast is sure to bring on a harsh winter storm.

    What is an Arctic Blast?

    An Arctic Blast has other names that might be more familiar such as polar vortex or a blue norther.

    The International Business Times defines an Arctic Blast/polar vortex as the following.

    "a low-pressure area that typically forms around the North and South Poles that strengthens and weakens year over year.

    "A strong vortex is typically a well-defined cold front that is contained and bordered around the arctic regions," the article reads.

    When the weather changes drastically and temperatures drop suddenly it can result in an Arctic Blast.

    AccuWeather defines this as a "strong cold front marked by a sudden and drastic decrease in temperature."

    Snow to blanket London before end of January

    Forecasters say that heavy snow could blanket London before the end of January as winter bites back.

    Temperatures have plummeted around the country after a freak heatwave brought record warmth at the beginning of the year.

    And before the month is out, millions will see snow amid a freezing Arctic blast, it's believed.

    WX Charts predicts snow will fall in Scotland on Friday, January 28 before moving south, hitting Newcastle by 6pm that day.

    The following day, wintry showers will graze East Anglia early in the morning.

    Swathes of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire – including the capital – will then see snow on Sunday, January 30, it's predicted.

    However, before that, it's likely to stay clear and chilly for most, forecasters say.

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      Sunday’s 4cast

      The Met Office have released today's forecast – and it’s good news for most.

      Today is expected to be sunnier day for many after a cloudy morning.

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      Forecast for January 27 – February 10

      This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.

      Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to affect the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.

      Spells of strong wind are likely, particularly in the north. Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall.

      Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.

    • Milica Cosic

      Six ways to keep your house warm

      It's set to get colder and colder in the next few weeks, and some people may be tempted to switch on the heating. However, there are a few things every householder can try first which may save them some cash over the winter months.

      Energy experts at ElectricalDirect have shared six simple, but effective ways to keep your house warm without putting on the heating.

      1. Keep windows and doors shut
      2. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let heat in and shut them once the sun goes down. In the dark, curtains and blinds act as another layer of insulation to keep warmth inside the home.
      3. Close the chimney
      4. Use draught excluders
      5. Put down a rug
      6. Install window insulation film
    • Milica Cosic

      Today's weather forecast

      Cloud and spells of light rain and drizzle will slowly clear southwards during the day to reveal spells of sunshine.

      Another area of cloud will then build into Northern Ireland and northern Scotland later in the day.

      Gentle north-westerly winds strong westerly winds across northern Scotland.

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      How do I apply for the cold weather payment?

      You don’t need to apply for the cold weather payment as it’s paid automatically to those who are eligible.

      If you don’t receive a payment and believe you’re eligible then you can tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office, or call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.

      If you’re getting Universal Credit, you can also sign in to your account and add a note to your journal.

      If you go into hospital, this could affect your claim so make sure you tell someone using the contact details above.

      Low income households can get up to £140 towards their electricity bills with the government’s warm home discount scheme.

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      Snow return as early as next week

      "Wintry showers" will accompany icy temperatures and freezing fog from Tuesday – with the chance of a sprinkling of the white stuff.

      Come Tuesday, the weather will take a more wintry turn with colder air spreading in from the north sending temperatures tumbling.

      A Netweather forecaster said: "It will probably be cold and dry, rather than cold and snowy, with more significant and widespread overnight frosts, and temperatures closer to freezing by day."

      But the Met Office has warned showers will be "wintry" with the possibility of sleet or snow.

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      Snow probability for end of January

      Weather maps show the chilly front will continue into the latter part of next week, and potentially into the the following seven days as well.

      Charts for January 24 show a snow probability of between 50 and 60 per cent in the Scottish Highlands, with the chance 25 per cent in northern England.

      The mercury will also fall considerably, to zero in the southeast, -1C in the Midlands, and -2C in parts of Wales.

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      Tips for driving in the winter sun

      Low sun causes 3,900 injuries to drivers each year. Find out why and what you can do about it. Safety tips include adjusting stopping distances and keeping your screen clean.

      A filthy screen can make dazzle even worse. If it’s covered in muck, road salt, flies, condensation or anything else likely to block your view, then give it a good clean. 

      Make sure you can clear your windscreen on the move by checking the washer bottle. If it needs topping up, do it before you start your journey.

      Slow down and leave a bigger stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front.

      Also, get yourself a decent pair of sunglasses to stop the glare!

    • Milica Cosic

      Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

      Mostly dry with sunny spells and overnight frost and fog patches in the south.

      More unsettled and windier in the north with some rain or showers at times.

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      Late January to early February forecast

      Conditions expected to remain broadly unsettled and changeable through this period with occasional spells of wet and windy weather moving across from the Atlantic.

      Western and northwestern parts likely to see the wettest and windiest conditions overall whilst eastern and southeastern parts probably seeing the most of any drier spells.

      Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall throughout but there remains a possibility of short-lived colder spells.

      Colder spells likely to bring a risk of snow at times, though mostly over high ground in the north.

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      Who is eligible for a cold weather payment?

      You’re eligible for the cold weather payment scheme if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits and meet certain criteria:

      • Pension credit
      • Income support
      • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
      • Income-related employment and support allowance
      • Universal Credit
      • Support for mortgage interest

      Depending on your specific circumstances, you may also need to meet one or more of the following additional criteria:

      • Have a disability or be in receipt of pension premium
      • Have a child who is disabled
      • Be in receipt of child tax credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
      • Have a severe or enhanced disability premium
      • Be in receipt of a limited capability for work amount
      • Have a child under five living with you

      Regardless of employment, Universal Credit claimants are eligible if they have a disabled child amount in their claim.

      You can find out more about eligibility on the government’s website.

      Defrosting your car

      Nipping out to switch your engine on early may seem like a clever way to make your car comfy and defrost the windscreen.

      But you can invalidate your insurance if you leave the motor running unattended.

      That is because most brokers will refuse to pay out if drivers fail to live up to their "duty of care" — a common clause in contracts.

      Michael Lloyd, the AA’s insurance director, said: "Every winter we get reports of members’ cars that have disappeared off drives.

      "The fact is that the keys are the weakest link in the car security chain and leaving your car unattended, unlocked and with the keys in in it is simply inviting it to be stolen.

      "If it is ticking over, warming up, it makes the thief’s job very easy.

      “Every insurance policy carries with it a ‘duty of care’ which means that you should take reasonable steps to protect your property and not do anything that could avoidably lead to loss or damage.

      "And leaving your car with the engine running falls squarely into that category.

      "No insurance company will meet a claim where you have left your car open to be stolen."

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        Temperatures below normal

        Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Temperatures in England are expected to continue below normal in the coming days, with overnight minimum temperatures possibly getting to -4°C in some rural areas again tonight, and perhaps approaching this value again on Sunday night.

        "Freezing fog will also form again across some areas on Friday night and Saturday morning.

        "Areas covered by the alert are likely to see highs remain in the mid-to-low single figures through the weekend, especially in places where any fog or low cloud lingers throughout the day."

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        Keeping a winter kit in your car

        Breaking down in summer is annoying. Breaking down in winter can be dangerous.

        When temperatures drop, a simple mechanical failure can put the occupants of a vehicle at serious risk if they can’t be rescued quickly. 

        And with weather events increasing the likelihood of closed roads and sudden floods, you should prepare your vehicle for a long wait in the cold.

        Keep warm clothing and a travel rug in your car in case you become stranded in freezing conditions. 

        An ice scraper should be stowed in your glove box in case you need it when you get moving again, or in case your car unexpectedly freezes when parked. 

        Keep food and snacks in the car, in case your wait is really long. 

        You should carry a high-vis vest and a torch in case you or a passenger needs to leave the car. 

        A snow shovel can help if you get really stuck.

        And, perhaps most importantly, carry a phone charger – and use it.

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        Heavy snow before the end of January

        HEAVY snow could blanket London before the end of January as winter bites back, forecasters say.

        And before the month is out, millions will see snow amid a freezing Arctic blast, it's believed.

        WX Charts predicts snow will fall in Scotland on Friday, January 28 before moving south, hitting Newcastle by 6pm that day.

        The following day, wintry showers will graze East Anglia early in the morning.

        Swathes of the country between Aberdeen and Hampshire – including the capital – will then see snow on Sunday, January 30, it's predicted.

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        Long range forecast for end of month

        The Met Office's long range forecast for the end of the month into February states: "This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.

        "Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to prevail in the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.

        "Spells of strong winds are likely, mainly in the north.

        "Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall. Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills."

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        Get your hot water bottles ready for tonight

        THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning of fog – which could cause hazardous driving conditions on Saturday amid freezing temperatures that could drop as low as -5C.

        Frost and fog is set to be a hazard for wide parts of the UK on Saturday, specifically around the South East, central England and stretching up to Newcastle, where the fog may remain all day and temperatures not rise above zero.

        Visibility could drop to between 50m and 100m in a few places, with possible delays for buses, trains and flights.

        The Met Office urged everyone to "get the hot water bottles at the ready as it's set to be a cold and frosty night."

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        UK weather outlook for Monday and Tuesday

        A fine day on Monday as it will be dry with long sunny spells but mist will be slow to clear. Areas of cloud will build into northern and western areas.

        Tuesday will bring outbreaks of rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland however further south should remain largely dry with some sunny spells.

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        Keeping that heat flowing tonight

        Try to avoid putting furniture between your radiator and bed – it will block the warmth from reaching you.

        To really make the most of the heat you’re paying for, you could get a smart meter to help track and manage your consumption.

        To stop losing heat through your floors, consider buying a couple of cheap rugs to use in your cooler rooms. They will add that much needed layer of extra insulation, keeping it warmer and saving cash. It can also add an extra design pop to your interior – win-win!

      • Louis Allwood

        Need to defrost your car in the morning, don't do this

        Nipping out to switch your engine on early may seem like a clever way to make your car comfy and defrost the windscreen.

        But you can invalidate your insurance if you leave the motor running unattended.

        That is because most brokers will refuse to pay out if drivers fail to live up to their “duty of care” — a common clause in contracts.

        Michael Lloyd, the AA’s insurance director, said: “Every winter we get reports of members’ cars that have disappeared off drives.

        “The fact is that the keys are the weakest link in the car security chain and leaving your car unattended, unlocked and with the keys in in it is simply inviting it to be stolen.

        “If it is ticking over, warming up, it makes the thief’s job very easy.

        “Every insurance policy carries with it a ‘duty of care’ which means that you should take reasonable steps to protect your property and not do anything that could avoidably lead to loss or damage.

        “And leaving your car with the engine running falls squarely into that category.

        “No insurance company will meet a claim where you have left your car open to be stolen.”

      • Louis Allwood

        January 30 – February 13 outlook

        High pressure is expected to remain dominant across the UK.

        This leads to generally settled conditions prevailing, resulting in an increased likelihood of overnight frost and fog which may linger in places, otherwise bright or sunny spells.

        Into February outbreaks of rain and stronger winds are likely at times across the far north, whereas settled conditions are likely to persist in the south.

        Temperatures are looking to be slightly above average, particularly in the north however some colder interludes remain likely, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.

      • Louis Allwood

        Forecast for January 27 – February 10

        This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.

        Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to affect the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.

        Spells of strong wind are likely, particularly in the north. Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall.

        Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.

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