Meteorological Winter 2016-17 Ends On A Wintry Note But Nothing Like 7 Years Ago!

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments

We definitely have a wintry flavour in our weather as we say fair well to meteorological winter 2016-17 with ice, frost and wintry showers, particularly across Northern parts of the UK.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Yesterday morning saw the somewhat ‘surprise’ snowfall over the Highlands.

Boat of Garten near Aviemore

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As for this morning it was Southern Scotland’s turn.

Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway this morning.

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Bigger, South Lanarkshire

Credit: BBC Weather Watchers

Manchester also had a surprise snow this morning which caused some issues at the airport as the runway was closed for 30 minutes for snow clearing.

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Old Trafford is covered!

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As for last Thursday, there was disruptive snow over central Scotland on my birthday (23rd)

Credit: Traffic Scotland

Further snowfall is expected tonight from about Aviemore northwards but further south, beneath clear skies, like last night we have a widespread frost with a shot at -7 or -8C over any fresh snow cover.

Credit: BBC Weather

Below are the images which popped up in my Facebook memories this morning from exactly 7 years ago today!

Below are the images I took in the Campsie Fells back on Feb 28, 2010, buried beneath 1-2ft of snow and drifts 4-6ft high. February 2010 was Scotland’s coldest since 1986 with 44cm of lying snow at Aviemore and a minimum temperature of -19.2C recorded at Braemar on my birthday (23rd). Heavy, even record snowfall dominated the final days of what was a bitter month.

According to some sources, late in February 2o1o, Glencoe Mountain Resort received 31″ of snow within 24 hours setting a new UK snow record. Blackford, Perthshire recorded 26″ within 24 hours.

This year, despite widespread frosts and snow around, it’s been up and down with a winter minimum of only -10.1C also recorded at Braemar earlier this month.

Credit: Mark Vogan

Credit: Mark Vogan

Credit: Mark Vogan

Credit: Mark Vogan

Credit: Mark Vogan

Credit: Mark Vogan

Major polar blast lurking mid-March?

Still a long way out but the GFS continues to show a major plunge of polar air down over the UK next weekend (March 12) following a taste of spring.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Watch today’s video.

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