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Snow could fall on Dartmoor as a cold snap hits

Snow could fall on Dartmoor as a cold snap hits

Published by Emma Carton at 7:09am 25th February 2020. (Updated at 2:10pm 25th February 2020)

File photo of snow on Dartmoor. Credit: Paul McDonnell

It is claimed Dartmoor could see a few centimetres of snow as temperatures plummet.

South West Storm Chasers and Kernow Weather Team have issued alerts for wintry showers.

However in Cornwall, they are more likely to fall as hail, sleet or even possible thunderstorms.

Scroll down to check the full forecast for the south-west.

What do the weather groups say?

South West Storm Chasers Ltd has issued the following advisory for wintry showers.

"Tomorrow (Tuesday) we could see some really torrential, potentially thundery downpours with hail, sleet and snow also.

"Even to lower levels in the heaviest of the showers we could see sleet and snow just about anywhere so don't be surprised if you see some snow flurries.

"Some of these showers, especially during the first half of tomorrow could pack a punch with the heaviest for central, northern parts of Devon and running into Somerset, Wiltshire and north Dorset.

"They will be blown on by a noticeable NW wind which will give a wind chill feeling of just 1 degrees in towns and cities and -2 on highest routes of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

"Over Dartmoor we could see a few centimetres of snow by tomorrow evening but with all shower activity, some will remain dry where others see back to back downpours".

South West Storm Chasers

Kernow Weather Team has also issued an advisory for hail, sleet and possible snow showers.

"As of tonight, everywhere turns colder as the winds start to move from a west/north-west direction with a noticeable temperature change.

"Today (Monday) we have seen between 8c and 10C, whereas tomorrow (Tuesday) a 0c to 5C will be the best we can expect.

"The wind will also be strong to gale force at times, 30-60mph together with a biting wind chill to contend with -3 to -6 in some areas; brrrrrr going to be a bit chilly.

"Now the tricky part. As the rain starts to move in from the west/north-west and bumps in to cooler air, there is a big risk of snow falling, or sleet in some more western parts of Cornwall.

"Due to the cold air mass bumping in our current warmer air, we could also experience some hail and thunder as well.

"This has to be one of the hardest weather advisories I've written in three years since the start of KWT as there is so much uncertainty of the exact precipitation that could fall out of the sky tomorrow (Tuesday); it a proper meteorologist's nightmare.

They added: "We could see snow/sleet/rain/hail and have achance of a thunderstorm! After all this, it will probably just rain. Let's see if I've got it right this time!".

Kernow Weather Team

What is the forecast from the Met Office?

Tuesday: "Cold and windy with sunny spells, but plenty of wintry showers streaming in from the northwest, some falling as snow, mainly over high ground. There is the added risk of a few rumbles of thunder in the heavier showers. Maximum temperature 8 °C".

Tuesday night: "Cold overnight with frequent showers increasingly falling as snow over the hills. Showers may band together, leading to local accumulations of snow and an ice risk by the morning. Windy. Minimum temperature 0 °C".

Wednesday: "Remaining cold and breezy with wintry showers, interspersed by sunny spells during the morning. The wintry showers are likely to become less frequent during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 9 °C".

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: "Chilly still on Thursday, with a spell of rain clearing into the afternoon. Less cold on Friday, with further rain. Turning colder and windier Saturday, with wintry showers returning".

Met Office

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall, Devon and the south-west here.

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