UK/EUROPE: Impressive Late Season Arctic Blast On The Way

It’s way too early to put away the jackets and ice scrapers just yet! While remaining stuck beneath a persistent showery, northwesterly air flow, things turn more wintry over highland Scotland and particularly mainland Europe early next week with widespread frosts returning.

On the face of it, air temps these days aren’t all that cold at between 7-15C UK-wide but factor in the NW wind and it sure feels more like March than April. Check out these wind chills this morning, particularly so over the Aonach Mor and Cairngorm.

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As we enter Easter itself, a system shall bring a spell of wet weather over the UK and behind it, winds turn northerly for a time presenting a potential significant snowfall over the tops of the Scottish hills during Easter Monday.

Monday into Tuesday sees high pressure topple into a chilly UK air mass. This amplified pattern sends warmth up into the northeast Atlantic while arctic air drills into the heart of Europe.

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Credit: chorleyweather.com

Check out the -10C line at 850mb diving into central Europe.

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Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Low pressure positioned near Italy at the base of the trough means heavy snow potential for Alps, Balkans and central areas, especially towards mid next week.

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Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Impressive snowfall through 90 hours according to GFS.

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Away from that low, cold, clear skies prevail, so expect widespread night frosts. Records could be threatened where there’s lying snow.

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Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Temps could dip pretty low over the Highlands, especially over fresh snow cover.

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Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

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