Snow alerts issued for UK - but could it be hot for Easter?

Met Office issues snow alerts for large parts of UK

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Snow alerts issued for UK - but could it be hot for Easter?

Weather forecasters are warning Brits to be careful on their commute on Monday - after issuing alerts for snow and ice across a large part of the UK.

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice for Sunday night and Monday for some areas of the UK, including most of Scotland and Wales, as well as north west England, north east England, Yorkshire and Humber, the West Midlands and the East Midlands.

The Met Office warning reads: "Showers, heavy at times, will turn increasingly wintry overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. Snow will fall to lower levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 2cm to 6 cm, while snow cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 10cm possible above around 400m, especially in the west.

"Northern areas of England and Wales will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5cm in places but with slight accumulations possible at low levels too. Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

"The public are advised to be aware of tricky travel conditions generally, and possible disruption to transport."

The Met Office chief forecaster said: "A cold westerly flow, originally sourced from Canada, brings a mix of sleet, snow and hail showers later on Sunday and overnight. Once we lose the effects of daytime sunshine, snow will start to accumulate more widely, and along with ice may present some problems, in particular for road travel on Monday morning. This seems most likely for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and cross Pennine routes.

"Problems should reduce steadily further into Monday morning, as the March sunshine gets to work on melting the snow, although taking until mid to late morning across upland parts of Scotland."

However, according to the Mirror, a reasonably cold March could give way to a hot April, with temperatures possible hitting the 20s for Easter.

Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, told the paper: "A hotter than normal late spring and summer is more probable than not and it is possible it might happen in April.

"We will definitely see those occasions when we are hotter than Spain with 27C entirely possible by May."

Well, it could be a little early to tell yet, but we won't complain if that particular forecast proves to be correct.

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