EUROPE: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like January!

It was a poor December ski-wise over the Alps, Pyrenees and mountains of south and east Europe.

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However a new year brings a new weather pattern, one much more suited to January and not October.

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Snow building over Spain’s Sierra Nevada too.

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Storm Frank’s punch of warmth into the arctic atmosphere and forced the plunge of arctic air into Europe from the NE as seen from the polar temperature profile.

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This has brought the return if not arrival of winter to many parts of the mid latitudes including much of Europe with temperatures widely 5-15C below normal from Germany eastwards.

500mb height anomaly for today. Now this is more like it!!

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Check out these highs and lows across our continent yesterday.

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With the typical southward deflection of the jet as a huge cold pool engulfs Europe, heavy snowstorms continue to effect many parts of high elevation southern Europe from the French Alps to Turkey while it’s plain frigid further north beneath the arctic high over Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Poland into east Germany. Further west it’s modestly cold.

Back here in the UK, beneath the low and it remains wet and windy on the northern flank. Rain and cold east winds continue to affect NE England and eastern Scotland.

This morning’s ECMWF surface.

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Cooler air being fed into the flow off Eureope means lowering snow levels into the Grampians and a colder feel out there today.

Here were the wind gusts and wind chills over the UK this morning. Note it’s far less cold in southern areas but very nippy over northern parts.

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Next frontal system arrives Thursday following a respite tomorrow. Now this looks to bring a more significant snowfall over the Cairngorms and Grampians. Skiers get ready!

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WSI Europe

Mark Your Calendar… Winter Looks To Arrive In Western Europe, including UK & Ireland Jan 10th Onwards

We know heights are rising over the Arctic as well as Greenland but a building of heights over the NORTH ATLANTIC extending up into Greenland looks to seal the deal on cold reaching the UK beyond January 10.

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EPS Control and GFS ensemble 5-day mean 500mb height anomalies.

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GFS ensemble

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ECMWF surface from Tue 12th on.

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ECMWF 850mb temps

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GFS

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Europe and UK/Ireland snow cover 10 days from now.

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See this morning’s video for the discussion.

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