Severe cold weather warning for Greater Manchester

A weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for Greater Manchester, the warning is currently on level 3, to put this into perspective a national emergency is level 5.

Most people know this as ‘The beast from the East’ with a huge amount of cold air coming from Russia, the day time max in that country is currently -50c, it wont get that cold here, we have it though with the strength of the wind, the temperatures could get to -15 in places, more likely in the countryside, and it is hit and miss, some areas could get snow.

The full Met Office warning is below:

An exceptionally cold spell of weather is expected this coming week, with severe overnight frosts, daytime temperatures struggling to rise above freezing, strong winds leading to a significant wind chill and disruptive snow at times, particularly from Tuesday on wards.

Various Amber and Yellow severe weather warnings for snow are in force through the period. On Monday, snow showers in eastern areas will spread westwards to central and some western areas.

Overnight, snow showers will persist in eastern areas, with clear skies elsewhere. Early Tuesday, an organised band of snow will move southwestward from northeast England to Northwest England, with scattered heavy snow showers developing elsewhere. Wednesday will see more frequent and heavy snow showers, especially in the northeast and potentially far southern parts of Cornwall and Devon.

It will be bitterly cold, with daytime temperatures staying below freezing in many places. The wind will increase, and stay strong through to the end of the week, which as well as leading to a significant wind chill will also bring a risk of blowing snow and blizzard conditions.

On Thursday, snow showers will be most frequent and heavy across northern parts, whilst the south may become drier for a time before a band of more persistent snow moves northwards later in the day, overnight and into Friday, with further snow showers following behind.

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region.

Alerts are issued once a day by 9am if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times.

Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force.

These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest forecast details can be obtained at the following link: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map

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