12:45 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Burton predicted to miss winter weather... for now

Written byMARK MCKAY

Mail Remembers February 6 2012Traffic moves cautiously in the snow on the A38 at Claymills - January 9, 1968. Mail Remembers February 6 2012Traffic moves cautiously in the snow on the A38 at Claymills - January 9, 1968.

BURTON and South Derbyshire are expected to be granted a stay of execution from the worst of an winter weather system which is expected to hit the UK from tomorrow afternoon.

The region is predicted to escape with just light snow fall and single-figure temperatures when the system arrives from the North Atlantic from tomorrow evening.

But the Met Office has predicted wind speeds could hit 26mph and gusts of up to 47mph in Burton during the brief spell.

But motorists have been warned to get de-icer, scrapers and gloves at the ready with predictions that blasts of Arctic air could descend on the region and the mercury could dip to minus 4C within the week.

A spokesman for Newhall weather station said the first lot of winter weather will arrive at about 6pm tomorrow.

He said: “There’s a possibility of snow on Thursday and Friday but most of it will be over in the North Sea.

“It could also bring in some ice. It does not look like a great deal.

“I think it will be a bang for a few hours and it won’t last for very long at all.

“The lowest temperature we have had so far is 4.1C but I don’t think it will drop down lower than that because there won’t be enough cold air.”

But the spokesman said the region should brace itself for a much colder system which he said could hit from the middle of next week.

He said: “The first system looks like it’s coming from the Atlantic but the one next week will come from the Arctic and so it will be a lot colder.”

He added that the weather Britain experiences can hinge on the location of the air current known as the jet stream.

If the jet stream is north of the UK it can block cooler Arctic hitting the isles.

He said: “If the jet stream holds as it’s showing we will get colder weather next week.

“But it can change from day-to-day because we are in a funny situation.

“The readings can change drastically quickly within just a few hours so it all hangs in the balance.

“If the stream is to the north then it blocks the colder air coming in from the north.

“But if it’s south of the UK it lets the cold air from the Arctic come down towards us.

“About two weeks ago it flowed either side of Britain and that’s why we had about two days of really colder weather.”

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