Snow chaos because Met Office got the forecast wrong

Ceri Roberts
Snow chaos because Met Office got the forecast wrong
Snow chaos because Met Office got the forecast wrong


There was travel chaos across the UK yesterday, thanks to an inch of snow which Met Office forecasters admit that they failed to predict.

The Sun reports that Luton and Stansted Airports were both closed, train journeys were cancelled and thousands of vehicle breakdowns were reported. But it wasn't all doom and gloom as many excited children enjoyed a 'snow day', as 50 schools in the North East were closed.

According to the Daily Mail, last night was the coldest night of the winter so far, with temperatures plunging as low as -12C in Braemar, Scotland.

Met Office Forecaster Dan Williams told AOL Travel: "Yesterday morning snow definitely fell more widely than we were expecting.

"However, it can be tricky to forecast snow when we have borderline temperatures which make it hard to determine if we will get rain, sleet or snow.

"This morning there has been more snow on high ground in the north, and the weather front is moving south which means that we could see snow showers in the South East tomorrow morning. We're not expecting that this will have a significant impact, but tonight will be icy and there will be snow around.

"It's still too early to say if we can expect a white Christmas, but it will be cold - or very cold - next week, with the potential for more snow."

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