London: A weather warning has been issued in Northern, Central and South Eastern United Kingdom as a snowstorm brewing in the Arctic is about to hit the country on Tuesday night. The storm can potentially hamper flight operations at all of London’s airports, including Heathrow.
The area of low pressure which currently swirls south of Ireland will leach into the skies over the British Isles early Tuesday morning. The cloud-cover will only intensify through the day, and the temperature will continue to fall during the next two days. By midday on Tuesday, all of the Scottish Highlands would be covered with a thick blanket of snow bearing clouds. By Tuesday evening, Northern Ireland, Southern Scotland and Northern Whales would be hit by rain, sleet and snow.
The Met Office does not yet confirm the exact trajectory of the low-pressure patch moving towards southern England, but a weather warning has been issued for Heathrow Airport and the surrounding area for Tuesday night and the better half of Wednesday. The twitter handle for Heathrow has yet to announce any flight cancellations, but both the Met Office and the Heathrow Airport Administration promise to “let the people know with the latest developments as soon as they can”.
The blizzard on Tuesday and Wednesday would layer about 1 to 3 centimetres of snow at an average on lower grounds, but at higher elevations, the snowfall can increase to about 10 centimetres. England, in particular, can see temperatures of -11°C to -6°C during this time.
The rail network, however, has already prepared to battle the seizing frost and snow with the help of 34 de-icing rail engines. Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are also ready to meet the snowstorm head-on with 185 and 98 snow ploughs, respectively. As of right now, a Yellow warning for a snow and ice storm is still in effect. Please keep checking this webpage for the latest details.