Iceland Goes From Warmest February Day To Biggest February Snowstorm, Wet/Windy UK Turns Colder

Written by on February 26, 2017 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments

The North Atlantic is a highly turbulent, wild place these days with a huge storm circulation producing widespread hurricane-force winds and seas stacked 40-50ft igh. Hurricane-force winds have been battering the Greenland and Iceland coasts for the last few days.

As of this writing, Summit Camp, central Greenland is under whiteout conditions as a once sub-940mb weather bomb passes between Greenland and Iceland.

Within just 2 weeks, Iceland goes from their warmest February day in history to this very system which dumped a record 51cm of snow in Reykjavik. The Iceland capital’s heaviest February snowfall on record.

Back on February 12, Eyjabakkar recorded 19.1C setting a new Iceland heat record surpassing the previous record of 18.1C set at Dalatangi back in 1998.

As of 9am Sunday, Reykjavik measured 51cm of snow on the ground which beats the previous February record of 48cm set in 1952. This morning’s 51cm has only beaten once by a depth of 55cm set in January 1937.

Pretty as a picture: the capital city in a thick coat of snow this morning.

This photo was taken in central Reykjavik at 6 am this morning . Ljósmynd/Guðmundur Jakobsson

Cold Greenland Air Sweeps Into UK Tonight

Meanwhile here in the UK, we’re under the influence of so called ‘Storm Ewan’, a glancing blow type system which will have minor impact and disruption to the UK. Why they’ve named this, I don’t quite know.

Credit: Met Office

Behind Storm Ewan’s pretty active and soggy cold front, there’s a large hurricane-force NW wind field transporting air from the Davis Straits to Ireland and the UK tonight and it’s these which will bring us much fresher air within gales tonight.

Credit: Met Office

Visible and infrared satellite imagery shows the colder air blowing off Greenland towards the UK today!

Credit: WeatherOnline


GFS 850mb temp representation.



As well as overnight gales, all the rain of today will likely turn to ice by morning as colder air sweeps in. Showers likely to turn increasingly wintry even to low levels too.

Credit: BBC Weather

Cold air and low pressure means a real mix in weather in the coming days with snow possible even to low levels across N Ireland, Scotland, N England…

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

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