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Snowfall ‘possibility’ at weekend, says expert

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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SNOWFALL is now a ‘great possibility’ for Burton and South Derbyshire, a weather expert has predicted.

A spokesman, for Newhall weather station, said the humidity and pressure are dropping in the area and the wind has not changed direction.

Temperatures are expected to drop below zero at the start of a cold snap expected to last two weeks.

The spokesman said: “It is a great possibility that we could get snow this weekend.

“The wind hasn’t changed direction for the last week but these things can change quickly. It has been very stable though.

“The wind is currently coming from the east coast. Usually we get snow about a fortnight after the east coast of America gets it and they have had theirs.

“If it comes from America, from the Atlantic, the snow normally doesn’t last long and becomes very wet, but if the wind changes direction to the west, from Siberia, then we could have heavy snow lasting a while.

“It is all to do with pressure and humidity dropping. We could expect this cold snap for another week or more.”

The Arctic blast will bring snow and sleet in its wake, with the treacherous conditions lasting at least into the middle of next week.

The Met Office has warned people all around the country to be wary of the cold weather amid fears the roads could ice over every night - and advises everyone to keep a close eye on the weather forecast.

The snow is expected to return on Monday and Tuesday, with frost and fog set to hang around throughout the remainder of next week.

The poor conditions are the result of a high-pressure front from Scandinavia meeting low pressure coming from Spain and France.

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