Once snow falls, the green spaces of Edinburgh are filled with cheerful locals, ready to enjoy quality time in what feels like a winter wonderland. Edinburghers could experience just that next week, as an Arctic blast could reach Scotland. The cold snap could bring as much as 14 inches of snow in a single day, lasting up to seven days in parts of the country, so it’s important to come prepared.
According to WXCharts, Storm Ingunn brought windy weather to the country on Wednesday (January 31), with the temperatures going up. However, the weather is set to become colder once again. So, sub-zero temperatures are coming back, with huge amounts of snow predicted to fall in the UK.
Snow is set to arrive in Carlisle on Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm, with the majority of snow hitting South of the border before moving up to Scotland. Conditions are set to be at their worst from 6am on Monday, February 12, with the possibility of up to 36cm (14 inches) of snow falling across certain parts.
While we probably won’t see as much snow in the city of Edinburgh itself, those living closer to the countryside could get some of the worse weather. As usual, the worst-hit areas will be on higher grounds.
What is more, it is important to take this information with a grain of salt, as The Met Office has not yet confirmed snowy conditions. In its long-range forecast between February 5 & 14, The Met Office says: “Changeable conditions at first, with spells of mild, wet and windy weather punctuated by drier, cooler interludes. The northwest is likely to see the heaviest and most frequent or most persistent rain, while the east, and especially southeast, will tend to be drier overall. Largely cloudy with the best of any sunshine in the east.
There is a chance colder conditions could then start to feature slightly more widely during the second week of February, with an increased chance of wintry weather across northern parts of the UK. Cloud and rain being pushed in from the Atlantic may well be forced to track further south across the south of the country where it may remain milder. However, confidence is fairly low in this period.”
So, let’s not panic yet: information is power, and preparation is key, so Edinburghers are advised to follow weather alerts closer to the day.