Weather Watch: Don’t believe what you read in the tabloids about freeze!

Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover
Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover

Following the completely snowless winter of 2013-14, parts of the local area finally received a sprinkling of the white stuff at the weekend.

However, if you blinked, you probably missed it, as it was very short-lived.

During last Friday night, showers of rain and sleet amassed across South Wales and south-west England.

Meanwhile, the Aylesbury Vale spent much of the night under clear skies with air temperatures below freezing.

Westerly winds gradually nudged the showers in our direction as we headed into Saturday morning and, as they encountered the cold air, they fell readily as snow. Saturday morning’s snow showers were actually fairly localised to our region and depths of snow varied greatly. 
In Aylesbury itself, no snow lay on the ground whilst at slightly higher altitudes towards Wendover and Tring, just over a centimetre was recorded. 
This began to melt very rapidly towards lunchtime, however, as the ground was still relatively warm following the extremely mild winter so far. 
Contrary to widespread tabloid reports back in December, predicting one of the coldest Januarys on record, temperatures have been pretty close to average so far. Indeed, the frosty, chilly weather with smatterings of snow that we’ve experienced recently would be considered normal in most winters, with the record-breaking warmth of last winter a huge exception. 
We still have several more weeks to go within which we could feasibly see further snowfall, and this includes early April. 
However, detailed forecasts of more than a week to ten days are largely impossible with our current technology, and sources suggesting otherwise should be treated with a very large pinch of salt. 
The cold snap looks like continuing for a few more days before rain and sleet threatens on Friday with the small risk of some wet snow for a time, followed by a mostly dry but chilly weekend. 
At this stage, next week looks like a return to wet and windy weather, but also much milder.