BBC Weather: Wintry showers and snow to hit parts of UK
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Meteorologist Carol Kirkwood said low pressure meant snow has fallen in parts of the UK as temperatures plummeted to lows of 2C (35.6F). Areas in northern England including Manchester, Derbyshire and the Pennines, and parts of northern Wales, saw a brief scattering of snow on Tuesday afternoon. Ms Kirkwood said: “Today’s forecast is going to be sunshine and showers.
“It will feel chilly, temperatures are still below average but one thing, the wind isn’t going to be as strong as it has been the last couple of days.
“The low pressure that brought us all that rain has now drifted away but we’re still in this northerly, northwesterly air flow – a chilly direction for us.
“Chilly enough to deposit some snow. Last night in the north of Scotland, down to 150metres.
“We’ve got showers across Northern Ireland and Wales.
“Some of those wintry on the very tops of the hills, drifting eastwards through the afternoon.
“Some of those showers could be heavy, thundery with hail mixed in.”
Ms Kirkwood added: “As we head on through the evening and overnight, we see further showers coming in across the north of Scotland – wintry down to about 150metres.
“It is going to be a cold night and we’re looking at quite a bit of frost as well.”
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It came as “unusually” cold air for May moved south across the country, dragging the temperatures down to between 2C and 4C (35.6F-39.2F), according to the Met Office.
The mercury could even dip below freezing in southern and central parts of England overnight, with more rain expected around the UK along with a chance of wintry showers in northern Scotland.
Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster, told the PA news agency: “There’s been a little bit of snow around in areas of northern and central England and northern Wales this evening, it’s been mainly wet, sleety downpours.
“Some of it could stick around on the ground for the next few days but in areas such as Manchester, it’s rather warm underground so it should fizzle out by midnight.
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“It’s obviously not the most common occurrence for this time of year but it does happen and it certainly caught some people out.
“Those driving near to Snowdonia and other areas of high ground should certainly keep an eye out and be careful on the roads.”
Mr Partridge said the average temperature for May is around 16C (60.8F) in England.
He added that the snow occurred due to a band of showery rain spreading across central England from Liverpool to East Anglia.
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