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80% chance of snow for Crawley… yes really

Ok, so no promises that you’ll get to build a snowman this weekend. But with all the hype, it doesn’t hurt to get a little bit excited.

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After most people across the UK found themselves battling against the elements at the end of last month, residents in Crawley were feeling a little left out. But it looks like we may be in for a chance to see a decent covering, unlike that pathetic offering from “The Beast from the East”, as the Met Office has enforced new weather warnings for this weekend.

Current information provided by the Met Office suggests there’s an 80% chance of seeing some snowfall on Saturday night. This will continue throughout the night and eventually ease up around midday on Sunday.

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So maybe it isn’t time to put your gloves away ready for spring just yet.

According to the Chief Forecaster at the Met Office:

“A band of snow will move slowly south through Saturday morning with accumulations of 1-3 cm quite widely. Over higher ground above 200 metres though, 5-10 cm is likely with locally 20 cm over the highest routes. Strong easterly winds will lead to some deep drifts of snow.

“Snow accumulations will be more variable during the day. Some melting of lying snow is expected, but locally 1-3 cm is possible where showers are more frequent. Showers are likely to become more frequent across the southeast into the evening, with narrow bands of up to 5 cm of snow accumulating.”

Yellow weather warnings for snow & ice, Saturday 17 March. Photo: Met Office

For Crawley on Sunday, “a more widespread 2-5 cm could be possible”:

“Not all places will see snow showers, but where they do form locally 1-3 cm of snow is possible in places. Furthermore, showers may become organised into bands at times resulting in locally around 5 cm accumulating, with this most likely near the Thames Estuary and the Wash. Some melting of lying snow is expected during the middle of the day.

“Should the small chance of a more organised band of snow affecting the southern and south eastern regions come into fruition, a more widespread 2-5 cm could be possible here, with some low level areas seeing 10 cm. High ground could see locally 10-20 cm. Some isolated ice patches may form where run off from saturated fields freezes overnight.”

Yellow weather warning for snow, Sunday 18 March. Photo: Met Office

Although these yellow warnings could lead to nothing, it may be an idea to plan ahead for any travel this weekend… you know just in case.

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Fog causes delays and cancellations at Gatwick

Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the latest flight information.

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Passengers at Gatwick Airport are experiencing delays and possible cancellations this morning due to thick fog.

Delays of around an hour can be expected on flights departing this morning. It is the second day in a row that fog has impacted flights at Gatwick Airport.

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Gatwick has advised passengers to check with their respective airlines for the latest information on flights.

In a post on Twitter this morning, a spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said:Fog across the South East has caused some delays and cancellations at the airport. We know this is extremely frustrating and our teams are working hard to get you on your way as quickly as possible. Please check with your airline for the latest flight information.”

 

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