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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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Rain, rain and more rain as Storm Jorge to just miss Crawley

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Many have hopeed that snow was coming to town. It has teased us, especially this morning when a light dusting arrived around Redhill and Reigate but soon vanished.

But despite rumours there is no sign of snow to come for Crawley just yet only more rain.

With storm Jorge making its arrival from tomorrow the good news is that it shouldn’t hit Crawley but heavy rain is expected.

While today, 27th Feb, will remain dry for the rest of the day and night the rains are to return tomorrow with a vengeance.

From 8am right through the main part of the working day, till 5pm expect plenty of rain fall with temperatures not exceeding 10 degrees.

Saturday too will see rain in the morning but it is expected to end by midday leaving the rest of the day dry but cloudy.

But the rain will come again next week arriving late on Tuesday with cooler temperatures around 6-7 degrees.

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