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Weather warning for lightning AND up to 10cm of snow in Cambridgeshire

Spring may be around the corner, but Cambridgeshire could still see up to 10cm of snow and lightning..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 24, 2018

Spring may be around the corner, but Cambridgeshire could still see up to 10cm of snow and lightning before the turn of the season.

Forecasters at the Met Office have issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for snow – as sub-zero conditions continue to hold the region in an icy grip.

The snow warning has been issued for the East of England on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week (February 26, 27, 28) and forecasters say there is also the potential for strong icy winds and lightning storms.

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A severe cold snap is set to blast Cambridgeshire with snow and ice for several weeks from tomorrow (Sunday February 25).

The lengthy cold spell is being attributed to a polar vortex hitting UK shores, with the first flurries of snow expected in the region from Monday morning (February 26).

Forecasters have warned the weather event, dubbed The Beast from the East , will halt warm air coming in from the Atlantic jet stream, allowing extremely chilly winds from Siberia to blast the country into well into March.

Here in Cambridge we love a good snow storm

What will the weather be like next week?

Cambridgeshire could finally get a good covering of snow next week – and we're excited. Here's what the Met Office weather warnings say for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday (February 26)

Yellow weather warning of snow in place between 2pm and 11.55pm.

Forecasters at the Met Office said: “Snow showers, already affecting eastern parts of England early on Monday, are expected to become more persistent and more widespread through Monday afternoon and evening.

“There is the potential for travel delays on roads, stranding of some vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

"Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

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Snow in Cambridge on February 5, 2012. (Image: Nigel Brookes)

Tuesday (February 27)

Yellow weather warning of snow in place between 12.05am and 11.55pm.

The Met Office state that further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the potential for a more organised band of snow to push south-west across many parts of England and Wales through the day.

“There is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places where showers become more frequent, or in association with the more persistent band of snow.

“Nearby locations may see much less snow and only small accumulations of 0-2 cm in places. Strong winds will lead to drifting of lying snow, with lightning an additional hazard.”

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Wednesday (February 28)

Yellow weather warning of snow in place between 12.05am and 11.55pm.

The Met Office say that there is the potential for 10-15 cm of snow in places across the UK, where showers become more frequent whilst nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 1-3 cm in places.

The chief forecaster added: “Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow, and lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel coasts.

“By the end of Wednesday, more than 20cm may have accumulated in places in some eastern counties of England, Scotland and Norther Ireland from a culmination of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's snow showers.”

Snow falling in Trinity Street, Cambridge – with up to 10cm of snow expected next week (Image: Warren Gunn)

How cold will it be where I am?

Here’s everything you need to know about the big freeze, including what to expect and how to prepare, which areas in Cambridgeshire will be the worst affected – and just how cold it will feel where you are.

Monday 6am

At 6am in the morning, most people are beginning to get up and get ready for the day ahead of them.

The temperature is typically at its lowest at this point in the day and this week it will be even lower than normal.

Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be -2°C
  • Ely will be -2°C

  • Cambridge will be -2°C

  • Newmarket will be -2°C

  • Huntingdon will be -2°C

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Monday midday

By midday, while temperatures will be slightly above zero, nowhere in the county will feel warmer than -2C.

Coldest places:

  • Ely will be -2°C
  • Newmarket will be -1°C

  • Cambridge will be 1°C

  • St Neots will be 1°C

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Snow in Cambridgeshire in December 1962 – Jan 1963

Tuesday 6am

It will be another cold one with freezing temperatures and much of the county below zero.

Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be -3°C
  • Ely will be -2°C

  • Cambridge will be -2°C

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Tuesday midday

At a point in the day when we would normally be experiencing temperatures of around 8°C or 9°C it will only be a fraction of that, and much of the county will struggle to get above 1°C.

Then overnight it will feel like -7°C.

Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be 0°C
  • Cambridge will be 1°C

  • Ely will be 1°C

Why is it so cold?

According to experts a blast of arctic air is what is to blame for the cold snap next week.

Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel , said it will begin to feel much colder over the next several days with temperatures tumbling as the 'Beast from the East' takes charge.

She said: "Temperatures are expected to fall well below normal widely across Europe through this week and continue into the beginning of March.

"High pressure centred over Scandinavia and northeast Europe will dominate the weather pattern, dragging in bitterly cold air from the east.

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"It will feel much colder with a wind chill of -1°C to -8°C for Britain, -8°C to -14°C for central Europe but -15°C to locally -30°C for north-east and eastern Europe."

The forecaster added that up to 2-5cm of snow is possible over parts of east and south-east England early next week, with no thaw expected.

But at this stage, snow could fall almost anywhere in Britain.

Parkers Piece February 1963. (Image: Roger Arbon.)

How long will the big freeze last?

It’s hard to say exactly how long we will be facing these freezing temperatures, but it is likely to be more than just a few days.

In fact, forecasters have predicted the unusual cold weather could last into March.

The Met Office also said there could be some frosty nights, and warned that into next week even colder air from Russia could move across the country.

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