1st March might be the first day of spring in the meteorological calendar, but Storm Jake rolled into Great Britain that evening.
The Met Office announced that the arrival of Storm Jake would cause high winds in Ireland, where Storm Imogen hit just a month ago. Four weather warnings were issued for high winds, including a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for the whole of Ireland and orange ‘be prepared’ warnings for coastal regions.
On its Facebook page, the Met Office stated:
“The strongest gusts will mainly affect Ireland with lower impacts for the UK. Winds will strengthen around southwest parts of the UK through Wednesday morning, particularly as a band of showers moves southeastwards across parts of Wales and southwest England.”
The Met Office recorded gusts of up to 81mph in Ireland, where rain, hail and snow caused disruptions throughout Wednesday. Some northern parts of the UK woke up to snow, and the Met Office said that more would be expected later in the week, issuing weather warnings for snow and ice in many areas on Friday as Storm Jake moved south. Drivers were warned about dangerous road conditions as Storm Jake brought sleet and heavy rain to the South East.
The Met Office announced:
“Colder air from the arctic moves in tomorrow with rain turning to snow for some areas overnight tonight. Snow is not currently expected to be disruptive at low levels in most areas, although small amounts are likely in places and ice may prove a hazard on untreated surfaces. However, snow is expected to settle on high ground above 200 metres.”
By Friday, more snow had arrived in northern England, with the southern Pennines and Peak District the worst affected areas. 11cm of snow was recorded in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Over 150 schools were shut throughout the region, while roads were shut and flights delayed. Meanwhile, turbulent conditions reached the South, as winds of over 40mph in Stansted forced planes to make difficult landings.
Yellow weather warnings are still in place for west Wales, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and East Anglia, as drivers are urged to take caution on icy roads. The chilly conditions are expected to continue this week, with rain and winds set to continue until the weekend.
As we come into spring, the weather is still unsettled – and with a white Easter possibly on the way, it looks like the trend is set to continue. Protect your business from the threat of ice and snow with Ice Watch. Call us on 01728 633900 for a free quote tailored to your site.