Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Strong cold front sends temperatures plunging — FIRST ALERT FORECAST

Strong cold front sends temperatures plunging — FIRST ALERT FORECAST

As a result of this, snowflakes can easily remain intact down to the surface, although they do start to melt.

The bigger story will be the cold temperatures.

But the mercury will plunge as the week progresses, forecasters warned - with more snow likely to fall.

Daytime temperatures will range between three to eight degrees.

This evening, expect a continued chance for showers and possibly even a thunderstorm before midnight. Conditions will clear Sunday though we could see flurries early with temperatures in the high 30s.

With the advance of several systems moving through the area late in the week, the deep-layer cold could bring some minor snow accumulations to the area. "It will be very cold and get progressively colder coming into Friday", he warned.

Morning lows in the low and mid 20s are likely by the weekend.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: "Much colder easterlies could arrive, meaning a predominantly chilly run-up to Christmas".

Forecast high temperatures Monday
Forecast high temperatures Monday

However, to complicate things further, there can be temperature fluctuations within cities too. I think that will be the case (rain ending before the morning commute).

By the time I had reached Ealing - just five miles further west into the suburbs, it was snowing heavily, with a covering of snow on the ground. The rain quickly changed to snow and accumulating snows ensued.

Mr O'Neill added that the north-west of the country will be the hardest hit.

Later in the week, a storm forecast to bring rain to the Southeast coast could turn northward and graze the Northeast coast with snow or rain. On Friday night a sharp or severe frost will develop with icy patches as temperatures fall between -3 and 0 degrees.

Cold air is on the move.

The intensity of the falling precipitation is also influential. Then temperatures will tumble through the evening hours with a steady light rain. The showers will spread across most parts of the country, with snow possible in many places even at sea level.

Computer model projection showing a cold air mass in place across the Midwest and eastern of December 9, 2017.

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