Winter returns in spring as promised over 130 days ahead
It will turn unusually cold for the time of the year throughout Monday and into Tuesday across most parts of the country. Weather fronts will also bring outbreaks of snow to parts of the south and east, in particular, in parts of south-west England. This is also likely to lead to some notable snow accumulations in these parts at times too. The snow will also be accompanied by some rather strong winds leading to the development of some blizzard conditions for this part of the forecasting period, especially across higher ground in some parts of the south and east. Elsewhere will also be at risk from seeing some wintry showers throughout Monday and Tuesday too, but especially more so in some northern parts on Tuesday. This part of the forecasting period will also see the development of some widespread and severe frosts across the country and into Wednesday under clearer conditions in the evenings. Wednesday will also bring some further wintry showers across the northern half of the country. Thursday and into Friday are then likely to turn a little milder, especially in some parts of the south. However, there will still be the risk of some further snow across parts of the north, east, and south at times, but especially more so on Thursday. Some of this snow may also spread to other parts of the country too. As we progress throughout next weekend and into next week, the risk of some further snow and colder weather is likely to make a return, but especially more so across the northern half of the country at present.
Our original spring forecast that was made available to subscribers in early November (over 130 days ahead) stated:
The start to spring 2013 and the March period is likely to see a continuation of winter conditions for the UK and Ireland. It is likely to be an unusually cold and exceptionally snowy month for many parts of the country. Our forecasting parameters indicate that March could turn out to be a potentially record-breaking month in regard to the major cold and snow episodes that are likely to develop. There is the potential for some exceptionally heavy falls of snow to develop across many parts of the country. The northern half of the country is also likely to experience the worst of the cold and snowy conditions. However, it is also likely that the southern half of the country will experience a number of major snow events at times throughout the March period too. It is highly likely that there will be a number of school closures and disruption to the public transport network across the country too (purchasers of this forecast will therefore receive a free snow risk dates and temperature forecast in the early part of 2013 for this given period).
The March period will also be particularly windy at times too, this will lead to the development of some especially high powered winds. This is also likely to result in some very dangerous blizzard conditions at times under the right conditions, especially in the southern half of the country. It is also likely to be a relatively dry start to spring in terms of rainfall amounts across the country, but not in terms of precipitation as snowfall.
Our snow risk forecast that was made available on the 17th February also stated (nearly 30 days ahead):
This is likely to lead to the development of some quite severe frosts and further snow events for a large portion of the remainder of the month, but especially more so throughout the period of the 16th - 24th March. There will also be some very strong winds at times, heightening the risk of some developing blizzards under the right conditions.
The following Daily Express article from the 20th February 2013 also stated:
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather said: “March could turn out to be one of the snowiest that we have experienced for quite some time.
“There may also be the potential risk of it becoming one of the snowiest March periods on record, and it will be exceptionally cold at times too.”
Update Added: Sunday 11th March 2013 (17:36)