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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Risk of significant snow this weekend

There are strong indications that we could experience some significant snowfall over the UK this weekend as warmer, moist air approaches from the Atlantic and bumps into the large area of high pressure currently sitting over the UK.

The Pressure forecast map for Saturday below shows the fight between two air masses:
From BBC Weather website
The massive area of high pressure sat over much of Europe is bringing significant snow to our continental neighbours as can be seen in this BBC News report

In the UK, the weather system is drawing cold air down from the Arctic , whilst in the Atlantic, an area of low pressure will bring warmer and wet conditions from the west. The point at which they bump into each other - expected to be over the Midlands and eastern side of the UK this weekend - could see significant snowfall.

This is well explained in a video on the BBC Weather website here

At this stage forecasters cannot be totally certain where the snow will fall. However, there is a possibility that this will occur and may affect us in Wiltshire - so be prepared.

If there is snow this weekend and into Monday - any official announcement about our school being closed will be posted on the Heart website snow pages or announced on Heart FM - so stay tuned.

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