x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Snow for the UK, rain for the continent

More snow is expected to fall on Britain in the coming week, but on the continent the precipitation of choice should be rain.

More snow is forecast to fall across the UK in the coming week.

The Met Office chief forecaster, Steve Willington, said yesterday on the office's website that there was a risk of further snow across parts of southern Britain today.

"Widespread ice and freezing temperatures will lead to the risk of significant disruption," Mr Willington said.

"Bitterly cold" north-easterly winds will develop through to the end of the week, with more heavy snow and icy roads, according to the forecast.

While temperatures are expected to increase, snow will continue to fall throughout the Christmas holidays and into the New Year.

There was a risk of up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow over the high ground of south-west England and south Wales, the Met office said.

It did not expect conditions to improve until the start of January.

France and Germany have also been affected by heavy snow, but conditions are expected to improve. This week, snowfall in Frankfurt should be replaced by rain and sleet. Temperatures should get warmer, at between minus 3°and 1°Celsius.

Forecasts say moderate snow will turn to light showers in Paris. Temperatures today are expected to be minus 3°C rising to 7°Cby the end of the week.

Temperatures are expected to keep rising in Rome, reaching 14°C, with showers at the end of the week.