Blackthorn Lane weather

 Latitude N 50° 45' 05"    Longitude W 03° 23' 33"    Elevation 39 m

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Snow and freezing Rain March 2018:

The UK experienced a spell of severe winter weather with very low temperatures and significant snowfalls from late February to early March 2018.

Daytime temperatures remained widely below freezing on 28 February to 1 March with a strong east wind and significant accumulations of snow across much of the country; the Met Office issued two Red Warnings for snow and freezing rain (including one for Devon). This was the most significant spell of snow and low temperatures for the UK overall since December 2010.

Image of snowfall from March 2018
Me using a snow shovel, surpirsed this came in handy
Image of freezing rain and ice pellet deposits
Freezing rain and ice pellet deposits seen on my car roof on the 1st March 2018

Initially the main areas affected by snow were across eastern England and eastern Scotland. This snow came from persistent snow showers as the easterly airflow picked up moisture from the North Sea. These snow showers tended form in convergence lines resulting in some locations receiving relatively little snow whereas others nearby receiving very large amounts. Examples of these convergence lines run through the English Channel and other parts of the UK such as eastern Scotland; due to persistent heavy snow a Met Office Red Warning was issued for Scotland’s Central Belt for 28 February.

During the aernoon of 1 March, a low pressure system in the Bay of Biscay (named as Storm Emma by the Portuguese Met Service) pushed north, bringing mild, moist air into the colder air resulting in further heavy snow, particularly across southern and south-west England and south Wales; the Met Office issued a second Red Warning for this event. Subsequently as this milder, moist air moved north, much of the UK received further snow. Behind this weather system southern areas also experienced freezing rain (on contact with cold surfaces). Due to the low temperatures, falling snow readily lay un-melted on the ground, and the strong winds resulted in significant driing. While the wind stripped snow from some locations, others recorded depths of 50cm or more; in some locations (such as the A39 in North Devon) roads were blocked while surrounding fields remained relatively bare.

Snow in my back graden
In in my back garden, prior to the weather station installation
Snow covering the M5 near Junction 29 looking northbound
Snow covering the M5 near Junction 29 looking northbound

While almost all areas of the UK experienced some lying snow, the greatest depths were across upland areas of northern and eastern England and eastern Scotland, and subsequently to parts of south-west England and south Wales. (The large variation in depths may reflect both variations in where the snow fell and the influence of driing; some suspect data may also be present). Across northern England and southern Scotland depths were recorded of over 40cm (49cm at Drumalbin, Lanarkshire, 46cm at Glasgow, Bishopton and 41cm at Spadeadam, Cumbria), but depths were more typically 10 to 20cm. Southern England and south Wales also received significant snow with 49cm at St Athan, South Glamorgan, 25cm at Hereford, 20cm at Seavington and 16cm at Yeovilton (both Somerset). Text from the Met Office

From enquires or questions about any of the events (including images and video), please get in touch with Nick at Blackthorn Lane Weather.

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