UK weather: Snowstorm to bring harsh wintry conditions

 Wednesday, February 8, 2023 


A new weather event could soon bring on snowy conditions similar to the infamous ‘Beast from the East’.

New long-range forecasts from the Met Office have indicated the beginning of a major Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), which sees rapid warming occur high up in the stratosphere.

This development is often connected to harsh wintry conditions in the United Kingdom, as it can cause the jet stream to meander off its normal course.

A SSW in February 2018 was responsible for the ‘Beast from the East’, a winter storm which saw as much as 22 inches of snow fall in some areas and an estimated £1.2 billion in damage caused to the national economy

According to the latest Met Office, there is a 80% chance that we will see another SSW towards the end of this month, although it is far from certain whether this will have the kind of knock-on effect which causes extreme weather.

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