A spell of wintry weather has befallen Britain rather suddenly as May grows closer and, with it, summer.An Arctic blast shifted south from Scotland and brought its snow.
Boroughs as far to the south as Norwich are affected with light dustings of snow reported on Tuesday morning.Many parts of the Midlands and the North of England were also included.
Some other affected areas reporting wintry showers are the North East, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Staffordshire.Social media users tweeted repeatedly from these and the aforementioned areas with pictures of snow on their vehicles and on the rooftops.
Scotland, of course, saw much worse snowfalls on Monday, and there was no wintry activity to such a degree in England.Even so, forecasters warn that localized hail storms could result from thundery showers.
The Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill commented: “We are going to see plenty of showers.They could be intense at times and, as a result, that will bring the risk of something wintry, even though temperatures are set to climb a little bit as we go through the day.
“The further north you are, the better chance you’ve got of catching a shower and a greater chance of any shower turning wintry.But you can’t rule it out further south.”
Burkill said the cold snap was expected to end Wednesday and yield to a rise in temperatures to close the week.He said: “It is fairly uncommon, but we have seen events like this before.You only have to go back as far as last year—we had snow as late as this time.”