- Snow predicted from February 8 until February 22
- Expected as a result of cold winds from the east and west of the UK
Britain is set to be hit by snow ‘within weeks’ as communities continue to clean up the wreckage left by Storms Jocelyn and Isha.
The Met Office has issued fresh warnings for snowfall next month as a result of bitterly cold winds from the east and west.
Today’s milder temperatures are expected to remain over the weekend, but there are warnings that colder spells are likely to return from February 8 until February 22.
The prediction comes less than a week after two ‘danger to life’ alerts were put out for large parts of the UK after Jocelyn and Isha battered the country with winds of up to 100mph.
The storms caused chaos – felling trees, causing power outages and chaos on the roads, railways and in the skies, as well as tragically taking the lives of a number of people.
On Sunday, a beloved father-of-five was one of five people killed by Storm Isha after his car veered off a flooded road.
Jimmy Rowe, who was in his 40s, had dropped off his daughter when he tragically died after his vehicle crashed in County Mayo, Ireland.
Mr Rowe’s death was one of a number in Ireland and the UK as Storm Isha battered the two countries.
An 84-year-old man died during Storm Isha after the car in which he was a front seat passenger crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Falkirk, Police Scotland said.
And a man in his 60s was killed in a crash involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, Co Londonderry, on Sunday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.
There were also tragedies in Falkirk in Scotland, Londonderry in Northern Ireland and County Louth in Ireland when vehicles were involved in crashes with fallen trees, leaving two men and one woman dead.
Just two days later, Storm Jocelyn wrecked more havoc on Britain, as thousands of homes were left without power as commuters were forced to endure another day of travel hell.
The 10th named storm of the season brought an amber warning for wind for parts of Scotland, with much of the UK covered by a yellow alert.
The Met Office reported gusts of 97mph in Snowdonia/Eryri in north Wales, 79mph in Aberdaron and 77mph in Cumbria.
Footage showed a Ryanair plane struggle to land at an airport during the storm.
An aeroplane arriving from Alicante managed to land at Leeds Bradford airport during the the storm’s winds which reached highs of 97mph.
Footage shows the pilot struggling to land the plane, with the aircraft managing to safely arrive on the strip – but sideways.
A hunt was launched for a person reported missing in the sea at Porthcawl, Wales.
Footage posted on social media showed a helicopter joining the search as South Wales Police confirmed they had responded to reports of a woman in the water.
Gusts reached 44mph at the time the woman entered the sea.
In the Yorkshire Dales, a motorist had a lucky escape this morning after he drove into a ford.
The yellow 4×4 pick-up was washed down the stream around 50 metres after trying to cross at Bishopdale Beck, near Thoralby, North Yorkshire.
A historic aircraft hanger built by German PoWs collapsed during Storm Isha – following years of warnings from campaigners to protect it were ignored.
Horrified historians and conservationists have been warning since 2020 that the three World War One hangars at Old Sarum Airfield, Wilts, were at risk of caving in after being allowed to fall into disrepair.
Now, their worst fears have come true as Grade-II listed Hangar 3 succumbed to 90mph winds.
Salisbury City Council said the hangar’s collapse was a ‘long predicted disaster’ and urged legal action ‘to salvage and restore it’.
Network Rail Scotland said it had dealt with incidents including flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blowing onto a high wall above a track on Tuesday evening and would be inspecting routes for damage from first light.
Avanti West Coast told passengers not to attempt to travel north of Preston. A train station in Liverpool was forced to close due to a tree on the tracks.
The number of flood warnings issues – meaning flooding was expected – had reached 21 in England and 37 in Scotland by Wednesday.
The ferocious winds gradually eased from the south as Storm Jocelyn moved away from the UK on Wednesday, which was followed by a day of sunny spells and blustery showers,
Cloud and outbreaks of rain are expected to move north east today, with brighter conditions on Friday and Saturday and frequent showers in the north.