‘Thundersnow’ is expected to hit parts of the UK as the Met Office issues a weather warning.
Heavy snowfall is expected across the UK in the coming days, with up to six inches possible in some areas.
The Met Office has also warned of “thunderstorms” in parts of the country, with four weather warnings issued in parts of the UK.
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The warnings are being issued for the North West and North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Mirror reports.
Grahame Madge, of the Met Office, said the “thunderstorm” would be caused by a cold front coming in from the west and hitting ground warmed by unusual temperatures.
Forecasters said brief power outages are possible due to lightning, while freezing conditions are likely to disrupt trips.
There are even fears of “temporary blizzard conditions” on some roads in the higher areas.
It comes after meteorologists predicted temperatures could drop to -12C on Wednesday evening (January 12).
Snow flurries and thunderstorms are expected to sweep across north-west England, with netweather.tv saying there is a 32% thunder risk on Friday and 30% on Saturday.
Temperatures are also expected to be extremely cold with sub-zero temperatures in the North West and North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
What is the storm?
Thundersnow is a relatively rare phenomenon that looks a lot like a thunderstorm, but with snow instead of rain.
Hot hair begins to rise very quickly in cold air and this is what creates the potential for thunderstorms.
Will Essex see “a storm? “
However, in eastern England, which encompasses Essex, no weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued as in the northern parts of the country.
Temperatures in the county are expected to be reasonably mild, with temperatures hitting 9C in Chelmsford on Saturday January 8th.
For the remainder of the week, temperatures are also expected to hover around 8 ° C for much of the county.
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