Birmingham weather warning with four inches of snow predicted as temperatures plunge to -13C
Birmingham is set to plunge into arctic conditions with days of heavy snow and Siberian temperatures sparking health warnings and fears of travel chaos.
The Met Office has issued a new amber weather warning for the West Midlands region, amid concerns temperatures will plummet to a bone-chilling -10c.
Snow is predicted in Birmingham on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – with the heaviest falls on Tuesday and Friday.
And experts say the arctic conditions will continue well into March as the UK is battered by the ‘Beast from the East' weather front.
Public Health England has warned the cold weather could be dangerous for the over-65s, people with heart or lung conditions, or the very young.
Gritters will also be out in force because of potential treacherous conditions on the roads, with more than four inches of snow predicted in some areas of the UK.
The first light snow flurries are set to fall in Birmingham on Monday afternoon but Tuesday will see around 12 hours of heavy snowfalls.
Wednesday will see only light snow in Birmingham as temperatures plunge to -5C but it will feel like -12C.
Thursday will be the coldest day of the week, with temperatures of -5C feeling like -13C as fierce winds whip in from the East.
But Friday is predicted to see the heaviest snowfalls from midnight through to 6pm., with lighter snowfalls on Saturday.
The late winter Arctic blast is set to ensure this is the coldest February in five years, with the freezing conditions to continue into the beginning of March.
Spring will be “postponed” as the mercury takes a nose-dive and heavy snow threatens travel chaos.
The ‘Beast from the East' is set to delay the start of spring, with the cold weather not expected to thaw until mid-March.
Dr Thomas Waite, of Public Health England’s extreme events team, said: “Check on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk and make sure they’re heating homes to at least 18C, see if they need any particular help or just someone to talk to and keep an eye on the Met Office’s forecasts and warnings.”
Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said spring had been “postponed” due to the chill arriving from the east just before March 1 – the first day of the meteorological spring.
Mr Bowles said: “It is quite unusual, particularly as it's quite late in the season.
“We refer to March 1 as being the first day of spring and of course March 1 will be right in the middle of this cold spell, so spring will be postponed for a couple of weeks, shall we say.”
She said: “Temperatures are expected to fall well below normal widely across Europe through this week and continue into the beginning of March.
“High pressure centred over Scandinavia and northeast Europe will dominate the weather pattern, dragging in bitterly cold air from the east.
“It will feel much colder with a wind chill of -1 to -8C for Britain, -8 to -14C for central Europe but -15 to locally -30C for north-east and eastern Europe.
“According to forecasters, the coldest spell is currently expected between February 26 and March 4.
“Winds will generally be gentle or moderate, but they will be coming from a very cold source.”
The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning for the West Midlands for Tuesday and yellow warnings for Monday, Wed and Thursday.
It says they is a likelihood of travel delays, rail and air travel cancellations and power cuts.
A warning on the Met Office website reads: “Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by very low temperatures.
“The heaviest, most persistent snow looks likely to cross the area during the morning.
“There is the likelihood of travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.
“Some rural communities could become cut off.
“Powers cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”