08:00 Wednesday 20 February 2013

Snow may return as chill continues

Written byJOSHUA TAYLOR

21/01/13 Weather - Winshill, BurtonSnow around Winshill - Melbourne Ave 21/01/13 Weather - Winshill, BurtonSnow around Winshill - Melbourne Ave

CONSISTENT is not a word that could be easily attributed to Burton and South Derbyshire’s recent weather.

The region awoke to fog and frost yesterday morning, but within hours this gave way to pleasant sunshine.

Although the donning of sunglasses and shorts was perhaps premature, the sun made a pleasant change from the snow and rain that have caused chaos in recent weeks and months.

But now experts have warned the warmer weather may be short lived and the snow could even return at the weekend.

Rosliston Weather Station said today would be much colder than yesterday — meaning frost was possible because of chilly winds from the east. Temperatures could struggle to rise above four degrees centigrade, whereas yesterday saw highs of seven.

Tomorrow, the station said, will be cloudy and cold as the eastward wind continues.

Although rain is not expected, the temperature is unlikely to rise above three degrees.

So far this year Rosliston Weather Station has recorded 21 ground frosts and 18 air frosts.

And frost could be seen again on Friday as the cloudy conditions and the easterly winds continue.

The station said Saturday would be slightly warmer thanks to an initial bright start before the sky clouded over.

But, it warned, this cloud may be thick enough to bring some light flurries of snow.

Sunday, however, was expected to be slightly warmer with some bright spells and temperature rises of several degrees.

The Met Office said in a statement yesterday: “The decidedly wintry feel will continue well into the weekend with frosty nights, and cold, cloudy days and the further risk of the odd light snow flurry.”

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