Chance of snow this weekend as winter threatens an unwanted return

Could snow be about to make an unwelcome return?

Could snow be about to make an unwelcome return?

Many if not most people in Northern Ireland and the UK will have experienced some lovely weather over the past few days, even if it was only through the window.

Unfortunately, although we are still going to have sunshine at times, there is a change on the way and winter will make a return over the weekend and into next week.

The fine and settled conditions that we have experienced over recent days have been down to an area of high pressure that has been sitting over the British Isles.

This high is now beginning to drift northwards and over the coming 24-48 hours it will continue to move towards the north-west of the UK and Ireland, to be centred to the south of Iceland.

With low pressure expanding across eastern Europe, and edging westwards towards us, a generally northerly flow will develop across the British Isles over the weekend and into next week.

This wind direction will bring with it much colder air than we have been experiencing and a return to winter for some.

Overnight frosts are expected across many areas of the UK, with gardeners having to give some protection to delicate young plants.

There will also be the risk of snow.

This will mainly be over the hills of northern Britain, but also at lower levels in northern Scotland at times.

At present, Monday is looking the coldest and the windiest.

Thankfully the strength of the sun will mean that, where the sun does come out, and you are sheltered from the northerly wind, the edge should be taken off the temperatures in the afternoons.