It’s hard to believe that The Beast From The East which brought Manchester to a standstill was almost a whole year ago. It feels like only yesterday we were avoiding falling over on our asses on icy footpaths and being frozen to our very core by nippy winds.
Well, it looks like we are about to do it all over again as forecaster warn that snow could be on the way as temperatures are set to plummet over the next few weeks.
An Arctic blast threatens to grip us once again with heavy snow expected from the middle of the month and could last into February.
This coincides with the Sudden Stratospheric Warming event that occurred over Christmas, which saw temperatures sharply increase over a couple of days. These events, however, can lead to a rush of cold air blowing eastwards across Europe bringing in much cooler temperatures and potential snowfall.
This is what caused the Beast from the East last year.
However, we are not guaranteed to see the same type of weather event as Met Office Meteorologist explained to The Independent.
“Last year the sudden stratospheric warming was the precursor for the Beast from the East,”
“It increases the probability of a very cold spell but doesn’t make it certain by any means. It could mean a lot of snow. However, snow is not actually that remarkable at this time of year.”
While it is still uncertain if we will be seeing a similar event unfold again this year, we do know that the recent “warm” days (If you consider 6 degrees warm) are numbered. As we move into the middle of the month, expect to see overnight temperatures fall into the negative numbers and those early morning starts to be extra frosty.
Snow or no snow – I am not excited for these days to become any colder…my Australian blood cannot handle it anymore.