Met Office predicts possible blizzard for southern England

Daily Echo: Snow during a prevous winter in Southampton Snow during a prevous winter in Southampton

THE SOUTH could be facing blizzard conditions later this week, according to forecasts from the Met Office.

Forecasters have warned that a combination of bitterly cold winds, snow and ice could batter the county on Friday, with up to 15cm of the white stuff predicted on higher ground.

And the rest of the county could be blanketed with around 5cm of snow by Friday afternoon.

Met Office experts have warned that the blizzard-like conditions could cause travel chaos across the south and have urged residents to regularly check weather forecasts throughout the week.

Snow warnings are also in place tomorrow as Hampshire braces itself for the full force of the bone-chilling Siberian temperatures.

The county has so far avoided the worst of the cold snap, as snow and ice have wreaked havoc in other parts of the country.

Experts have warned that the main risk to residents will be sheets of ice on our roads and pavements left behind by the sub-zero temperatures.

But forecasters admit there is “quite a lot of uncertainty” about the progress of the blizzard, with heavy rain also a possibility rather than snow.

The Siberian chill comes after the Daily Echo launched its Stay Warm campaign, which is urging people across the county to look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours during the bitterly cold snap.

The campaign has already been backed by council chiefs and charities, including Age Concern Southampton.

And today, national charity, Action for Blind People, has encouraged residents to spare an extra thought for those suffering from sight loss, by guiding them around slippery surfaces and contacting them regularly to make sure they are ok.

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4:41pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sotonwinch09 says...

lol
lol sotonwinch09

4:52pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mickey01 says...

i thought that it was snowing yesterday then i realised my dandruff was getting worse
i thought that it was snowing yesterday then i realised my dandruff was getting worse mickey01

5:03pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

It will be fun if or when it does snow, I don't have winter tyres but that's ok, it then helps me learn to control my bike smoothly, the smoother the control you have, the more efficient your riding becomes.
It will be fun if or when it does snow, I don't have winter tyres but that's ok, it then helps me learn to control my bike smoothly, the smoother the control you have, the more efficient your riding becomes. Ginger_cyclist

5:17pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

Echo, is this the same warning as last week lol
Echo, is this the same warning as last week lol Hdg end mo

5:47pm Tue 15 Jan 13

nedscrumpo says...

Bum; I was going to Portland this Friday! Hope it stays away until Saturday and then traps me there for a fortnight!
Bum; I was going to Portland this Friday! Hope it stays away until Saturday and then traps me there for a fortnight! nedscrumpo

6:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

eurogordi says...

Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no. eurogordi

6:39pm Tue 15 Jan 13

forest hump says...

eurogordi wrote:
Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers. forest hump

6:40pm Tue 15 Jan 13

forest hump says...

eurogordi wrote:
Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers. forest hump

7:26pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Huffter says...

forest hump wrote:
eurogordi wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible!
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.[/p][/quote]The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible! Huffter

7:33pm Tue 15 Jan 13

freefinker says...

Huffter wrote:
forest hump wrote:
eurogordi wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible!
.. not 'ALL' - that's just silly.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.[/p][/quote]The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible![/p][/quote].. not 'ALL' - that's just silly. freefinker

8:13pm Tue 15 Jan 13

cantthinkofone says...

freefinker wrote:
Huffter wrote:
forest hump wrote:
eurogordi wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible!
.. not 'ALL' - that's just silly.
Well, mathematically....
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.[/p][/quote]The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible![/p][/quote].. not 'ALL' - that's just silly.[/p][/quote]Well, mathematically.... cantthinkofone

8:56pm Tue 15 Jan 13

derek james says...

if you look at the met's recent predictions "barbecue summer" it was exceptionally cold and wet, ""record warm winter" the 2nd coldest december since records began in 1659 this spring "a record dry summer" 2012 the 2nd wettest year on record, their computer models are based on CO2 inspired global warming (which isn't happening).My old granny could have done better with a piece of seaweed
if you look at the met's recent predictions "barbecue summer" it was exceptionally cold and wet, ""record warm winter" the 2nd coldest december since records began in 1659 this spring "a record dry summer" 2012 the 2nd wettest year on record, their computer models are based on CO2 inspired global warming (which isn't happening).My old granny could have done better with a piece of seaweed derek james

9:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

business-guru says...

What would the MET office know ? they said in March 2012 we were in for a "dry year" and that there would be stand pipes for water until xmas 2012.... they are totally useless...
What would the MET office know ? they said in March 2012 we were in for a "dry year" and that there would be stand pipes for water until xmas 2012.... they are totally useless... business-guru

9:06pm Tue 15 Jan 13

derek james says...

business-guru wrote:
What would the MET office know ? they said in March 2012 we were in for a "dry year" and that there would be stand pipes for water until xmas 2012.... they are totally useless...
not for nothing are they now known as "the wet office"
[quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: What would the MET office know ? they said in March 2012 we were in for a "dry year" and that there would be stand pipes for water until xmas 2012.... they are totally useless...[/p][/quote]not for nothing are they now known as "the wet office" derek james

9:40pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

derek james wrote:
if you look at the met's recent predictions "barbecue summer" it was exceptionally cold and wet, ""record warm winter" the 2nd coldest december since records began in 1659 this spring "a record dry summer" 2012 the 2nd wettest year on record, their computer models are based on CO2 inspired global warming (which isn't happening).My old granny could have done better with a piece of seaweed
My dad does better with his average home computer while the met struggle with their thousands of computers and super computers.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if you look at the met's recent predictions "barbecue summer" it was exceptionally cold and wet, ""record warm winter" the 2nd coldest december since records began in 1659 this spring "a record dry summer" 2012 the 2nd wettest year on record, their computer models are based on CO2 inspired global warming (which isn't happening).My old granny could have done better with a piece of seaweed[/p][/quote]My dad does better with his average home computer while the met struggle with their thousands of computers and super computers. Ginger_cyclist

11:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Brock_and_Roll says...

Not much about this on the BBC or Met Office, but I also use www.netweather.tv

If you tap in my code "SO42" into this, it seems to show the possibility of quite significant rain/snow (3 degrees so marginal) from about 3pm Friday to midnight.
Not much about this on the BBC or Met Office, but I also use www.netweather.tv If you tap in my code "SO42" into this, it seems to show the possibility of quite significant rain/snow (3 degrees so marginal) from about 3pm Friday to midnight. Brock_and_Roll

12:31am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Brock_and_Roll wrote:
Not much about this on the BBC or Met Office, but I also use www.netweather.tv

If you tap in my code "SO42" into this, it seems to show the possibility of quite significant rain/snow (3 degrees so marginal) from about 3pm Friday to midnight.
Same site my dad uses, he also predicts significant snowfall on friday.
[quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: Not much about this on the BBC or Met Office, but I also use www.netweather.tv If you tap in my code "SO42" into this, it seems to show the possibility of quite significant rain/snow (3 degrees so marginal) from about 3pm Friday to midnight.[/p][/quote]Same site my dad uses, he also predicts significant snowfall on friday. Ginger_cyclist

5:55am Wed 16 Jan 13

saintinpattaya says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
Bum; I was going to Portland this Friday! Hope it stays away until Saturday and then traps me there for a fortnight!
A fortnight on fraggle rock. Rather you than me lol
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Bum; I was going to Portland this Friday! Hope it stays away until Saturday and then traps me there for a fortnight![/p][/quote]A fortnight on fraggle rock. Rather you than me lol saintinpattaya

5:56am Wed 16 Jan 13

saintinpattaya says...

A fortnight on fraggle rock. Rather you than me lol
A fortnight on fraggle rock. Rather you than me lol saintinpattaya

6:07am Wed 16 Jan 13

Totton Ric says...

Lol & an over prediction, rain only me things !
Lol & an over prediction, rain only me things ! Totton Ric

3:29pm Wed 16 Jan 13

S!monOn says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Huffter wrote:
forest hump wrote:
eurogordi wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.
Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.
The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible!
.. not 'ALL' - that's just silly.
Well, mathematically....
Like when will the Echo get things right?

Possible? Probable? Just plain silly?
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Just one problem. The Met Office website seems to give a completely different version of the weather forecast for the next five days! Light snow for the Southampton region yes, but blizzards no.[/p][/quote]Why let a good sensational story interfere with facts? Journalist claptrap, they are all guessers.[/p][/quote]The key word is "possible" - ALL things are possible![/p][/quote].. not 'ALL' - that's just silly.[/p][/quote]Well, mathematically....[/p][/quote]Like when will the Echo get things right? Possible? Probable? Just plain silly? S!monOn

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