Thundersnow and blizzards to hit North West
By Sean Robinson
With many parts of the
North West about to be hit with "thundersnow" and blizzards as the
first Arctic cold spell of winter blows in from the north, temperatures set to tumble,
is now a good time the check your internal pipework?
warnings for wind and snow have been issued by the Met Office, with showers
expected to bring 2cm to 5cm of snow at lower levels and 10cm to 20cm on ground
above 200 metres.
warnings affect parts of the North West from Wednesday forecasts says,
the cold air originating over Arctic Canada, Met Office meteorologist Emma
Sharples told PA: "We could get some blizzard-type conditions, especially
is where the rain associated with a thunderstorm falls as snow, she said:
"It is possible, all that really needs is for thunder to happen at the
same time as the snow.
where you get very active or vigorous showers - which is what we are going to
see... then we could well get some thunder as well. It is definitely
Ms Sharples said the
snow at lower levels will come in the form of showers and is unlikely to build
up too much, unless there is "shower after shower coming over the same
"Even a centimetre of snow in this country can obviously cause some
disruption," adding that there could be "some showers inland, but
they are likely to be short-lived".
The Met Office said:
"Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption
to power supplies as a consequence."
Bullen, a water engineer with United Utilities, teamed up with ITV News to demonstrate
to viewers how easy to be Winter Wise and protect your internal pipework, prevent leaks, and
On Wednesday and
Thursday, wind gusts of up to 55mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and
frosts are also set to develop in most places, with severe frost likely where
there is snow on the ground in the north.
look likely to drop to low single figures, 2C to 5C by day, and then overnight
it will vary across the county.
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