UK weather: Met Office drops wind but adds lightning to snow forecast warning – temperatures will hit -5C


The Met Office issued a weather warning for wind and snow on Tuesday, but this was updated on Wednesday to reflect a change in snow and lightning.

The Met Office has updated a weather warning for Glasgow and much of Scotland to reflect a change from wind and snow to lightning and snow.

The update means the warning will be active between 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

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This latest band of unstable weather closely follows storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

All three storms hit parts of the UK, including Glasgow, in five days last week.

Next on the list is Storm Gladys and although there’s a chance it could hit the UK this week, it hasn’t been confirmed by the Met Office.

“Temperatures across Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to drop sharply after a band of squally rain on Wednesday, with frequent heavy and windy snow showers arriving from the Atlantic,” the Met Office said.

“Away from the immediate west-facing coasts, 1 to 3 cm, and in places 3 to 7 cm of snow is likely to accumulate even at low levels, while on higher ground some places could see 10 to 20 cm accumulate by Thursday morning. .”

The Met Office added: ‘Showers will be accompanied by strong, gusty winds, with gusts of 45-55mph possible, and a chance of 65mph on the coasts.

“Blizzard conditions are likely on higher ground. There is a small chance that some of the showers will be accompanied by frequent lightning which could impact power supplies, including in some places outside the alert area.

“Snow showers are increasingly likely to revert to rain and ice pellets at low levels later Thursday morning and early afternoon, although they will remain as snow above 200 300m away.”

What to expect:

– There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected. It is also possible that some vehicles and passengers may become stranded.

– There is a low risk of power cuts occurring, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

– There is a low risk that some rural communities will be isolated.

– A small risk of injury and danger of death due to lightning.

– In the event of lightning, there is a low risk of damage to buildings/structures.

The temperature felt in Glasgow tonight could be as low as 5.

Weather forecast for Strathclyde

Wednesday February 23 – Sunday February 27


A mostly dry start before a band of rain moves southeast throughout the day, with snow on the hills. Scattered showers follow behind and become wintry later in the afternoon in the north. Gale-force strong southwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 8°C.

This evening:

Frequent flurries continuing with some low level accumulations and icy patches developing by morning. Strong south-westerly wind, easing at the end of the night. Minimum temperature 0°C.


Cold with flurries continuing throughout the morning becoming heavy, thundery and persistent at times with possible accumulations down to low levels before becoming more snowy later. Strong southwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 5°C.

Outlook from Friday to Sunday:

Drier, brighter and less windy on Friday but still milder and windier on Saturday, with occasional rain later. Mainly dry, bright and less windy for a while on Sunday, but strengthening later.

An aerial view of the River Clyde in the snow.

When is a storm named?

The criteria we use to name storms are based on our National Severe Weather Warnings service. This is based on a combination of the impact weather conditions can have and the likelihood of those impacts occurring.

A storm will be named when it has the potential to cause an orange or red warning.

Other types of weather will also be taken into account, in particular rain if its impact can lead to flooding, as indicated by the Environment Agency, SEPA and flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales. Therefore, “storm systems” could be named based on wind impacts, but also include rain and snow impacts.

A view of a fishing trawler leaving Troon Harbor on February 21, 2022 in Troon, United Kingdom. Storm Franklin, which has triggered flood warnings and severe weather alerts across the UK, is the third storm to hit the UK in a week, after Eunice and Dudley. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

What is a storm called?

When the criteria for naming a storm are met, the Met Office, Met Éireann or KNMI may name a storm.

We then notify the public, our partners in government, the stakeholder community and the media through a variety of means, including posting details on our website and social media channels.

You can also follow the Met Office on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

Cars covered in snow in Glasgow in 2018. (Photo: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Why are there no storms for Q, U, X, Y and Z?

To ensure that we conform to the naming conventions of the United States National Hurricane Center, we will not include names beginning with the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z. This will maintain consistency for official naming storms in the North Atlantic.

How are storm names chosen?

Earlier this year the Met Office asked people to send in their ideas for future storm names. We have received thousands of suggestions and this year’s list has been compiled from those public suggestions, as well as suggestions from Met Éireann and KNMI, choosing some of the most popular names and names that reflect the diversity of the Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands.


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