Weather update: when will you see snow this week?

Snow on fields

Snow on fields - Credit: Archant

The Beast from the East is moving in on UK shores and snow is officially on the way for Hertfordshire.

St Albans is currently forecast to see the white stuff again today from 3pm till 6pm, tomorrow at around midday, Wednesday morning, Thursday from 3pm till midnight, and Friday from 12pm onwards.

For Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, there is a 90 per cent chance of heavy snow at 3pm today, smatterings at midday tomorrow, some falling from 6am to midday on Wednesday, afternoon showers on Thursday and flurries for a lot of the day on Friday.

There is a Met Office yellow warning of snow tomorrow: “There is the potential for 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. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

Head of driving and riding at IAM RoadSmart, Richard Gladman, has offered advice to motorists obliged to travel in the bad conditions.

He said avoid using country lanes, clear the windows and car fully, start the engine from stationary and try not to rev too hard, even if forced start in a high gear to avoid wheel spin on the icy roads.

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Richard added that speed is important, especially around bends - too fast could make a driver lose control, but going too slow risks losing momentum.

He said: “Many of the problems associated with travel during snow could be avoided if people planned in advance. People routinely travel with only the minimum of safety equipment, without realising their journey could be a lot longer than expected.

“At the very least you should have a shovel, torch, blanket, jump-leads and tow rope. You should ensure your mobile phone is fully charged, and the number of your recovery organisation is saved into it. A bottle of water and a snack may also prove useful and don’t set out without knowing the locations of petrol stations on your way.

“This all might sound obvious, but too many of us forget to do any of this. Don’t be one of the ill-prepared, and listen to the weather forecast for the whole length of a winter journey to help you prepare for it.”