Arctic SNOWBOMB to smash into Britain: Coldest winter in 58 YEARS now just days away

Arctic SNOWBOMB to smash into Britain: Coldest winter in 58 YEARS now just days away

BRITAIN faces WEEKS of sub-zero blizzards, crippling snowfall and brutal winter storms as a savage turn in the weather plunges the ENTIRE COUNTRY into winter lockdown.

PUBLISHED: 05:37, Fri, Jan 8, 2016

Blistering Polar gales, several feet of snow and near-record low temperatures will grind the country to a standstill until MARCH, forecasters warn.

The first taste of what could be a historic whiteout will arrive THIS WEEKEND as freezing winds drive in from Siberia and the North Pole.

Flood-hit Scotland is braced for up to two feet of snow to plunge the region into more misery as the mercury nosedives to -10C.

Forecasters warn not to be fooled by a brief mild spell next week with a lethal set of freak weather conditions merging to unleash winter CHAOS.

A powerful El Nino warning in the Pacific Ocean is on course to be the strongest ever recorded while the jet stream sweeps southwards opening the floodgates to scourging Arctic winds.

If things play out as long-range forecasts suggest, the current mild winter could end in one of the coldest spells for 50 years.

Weather models show the ENTIRE COUNTRY blanketed in deep snow by the end of THIS MONTH with heavy falls as far south as London.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said the end of winter could rival the shocker of 1962/63 – one of the coldest on record.

He said the weather will also be driven by a slow-down of the Gulf Stream which has led to cooler waters around the UK.

He said: “We could see a much colder period until March with a multitude of snow events after snow events in response to low pressure systems clashing with the almost stagnated and cooler air that will be in place across the British Isles.

“This will also be due to the changes we have seen in solar output in recent years, and how this has altered the heating of the Gulf Stream and left us with an exceptionally cold North Atlantic.

“This then intrinsically alters oscillation and jet-stream patterns to leave us in these extremely cold and snowy conditions, for what is more than ‘inevitability’ for this winter on the basis of our current forecasting parameters.”

He said a “lag effect” has buffered any early onset of colder conditions although a major change is just around the corner.

He said: “It is important that people start preparing for the worst instead of getting caught by surprise later.

“The worst case scenario could certainly place us in a similar winter to that of 1962/63 although our forecast does indicate some milder interludes.

“Another major problem this winter could also see ice storms and rather windy/blizzard conditions developing due to Gulf Stream changes, and there is also the possibility that ice floes could develop in places later in the winter, in particular, from the coast in parts of South East England.”

The weather over the past few months has left experts baffled with freakishly mild conditions leading to record rainfall and devastating floods.

This serves as a warning to expect a sharp turnaround as the climate struggles to re-balance itself.

Atmospheric pressure over Iceland is about to rise leading to a negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) dragging freezing air in from the Arctic.

The NAO has until now remained in a positive phase, strengthening Atlantic westerly winds and steering a succession of storms into the UK.

A pendulum swing to a negative phase will push storms further south over southern Europe leaving the UK open to a brutal Arctic assault.

It will lead to a freezing start to spring with heavy snow and biting gales unlikely to ease up before March, experts claim.

Currently the jet stream is positioned unusually far north of the UK allowing warmer air to flow in from the Atlantic.

Weathermen say there are signals it will sweep southwards this month opening the floodgates for northerly winds to tear across the UK.

Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, said: “There is always a balancing act taking place with the weather and after the recent mild conditions there is a real risk things will turn much colder.

“It is odds on that January will deliver a lot more wintry weather .”

The world’s climate has been thrown into chaos by an El Nino warming pattern which set in earlier this year and continues to strengthen.

Experts think it will end up being the second most powerful ever recorded with sea temperatures in the Pacific around 2C above average.

The phenomenon triggered dramatic changes to the weather including weak monsoons in India, heavy rain and storms in North America and Europe including the UK, and floods in Australia.

In the UK it is linked to colder than average winters although its effects so far have been dulled by other factors including the unstable jet stream.

Earlier forecasts had hinted towards an early start to winter weather although the frenzied nature of the jet has so far held a major Arctic blast at bay.

The Met Office said current weather models suggest a switch to much colder conditions through the start of the 2016.

Its three-month outlook states that after the milder start to the year temperatures will plunge in later this month.

A spokesman said: “Predictions for UK-mean temperature for the whole of the winter season show only a slight shift from the normal range of expected conditions.

“In this instance, however, there are reasons to believe that this unremarkable outlook conceals the likelihood of a switch from a mild start to winter towards colder conditions later on.”

Netweather said the autumn weather was dominated by El Nino which has whipped up weeks of unpredictable weather, the latest being the sixth named storm of the season -Frank – which struck over Christmas.

Forecaster Ed O’Toole said: “This month is likely to see a sharp turnaround to far colder conditions which could last for a couple of weeks.

“The period of cold is likely to be triggered from stratospheric breakdown in the form of a Sudden Stratospheric Warming.

“Low pressure that was previously to the north of the country will be replaced by high pressure that will act as a block to December’s Atlantic depressions.

“In turn, cold Arctic air will flood south from the North or East, depending upon the orientation of the high pressure, and this will likely lead to a period where snow, ice and frost – even to lower levels and to the south of the UK may disruptively occur.”

Weathermen fear a repeat of the worst winter in history which saw temperatures plunge to near -20C in January 1963 causing the sea to freeze off the Kent coast.

It went on to be the coldest month since January 1814, with an average temperature of −2.1C.

This year is already showing a terrifying similarity with the 1962/63 white out following a mild autumn.

In a similar picture to this year temperatures hit double figures through October and November before plunging more than 20C by December.

Scientists have partly blamed the melting Greenland ice cap allowing huge volumes of fresh water to flood into the North Atlantic.

Fresh water floats on top of the ocean saltwater hindering the normal currents which are driven by a constant sinking of cold water to the ocean bed.

This has slowed down the pace at which the Gulf Stream channels warm water from the Caribbean, up the coast of the US, and to north Europe.

Sea temperatures around the UK are unusually low leaving Britain open to the full force of the next Arctic blast when it arrives.

WeatherOnline forecaster Simon Keeling said there is a chance winter could bite before the start of next year.

He said: “We are watching the threat of some very cold conditions perhaps affecting Scotland around the Christmas period.

“As is normal in December there may be times when there are snow showers on the hills of Scotland perhaps extending as far south as northern England.”

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  • theunhivedmind

    Notice how I highlighted the solar output information in this article. I’ve been warning for over a decade about the Ice-Age we’re now within and how it would increase in potency over the years due to the lacking solar output which I’ve said will last between fifty to seventy-five years. What does this mean? It means that each winter you’ll see freak cold weather compared to what you’ve been used to. Over the decades the weather will become the new normality until the end of this Ice-Age. So expect the seven foot of snow to be back in Britain and crazy temperatures just like you remember back when you were a child and worse. An Ice-Age doesn’t mean you’re stuck in Ice all year round, that could only happen in a ultra serious solar event but winter time when the sun’s at its furthest from planet then you’ll feel it. Over a decade ago I made many warnings after all of my research and many of them have or are coming true. I called the economic crisis of 2008 to the exact month and I believe the final collapse of the world economy will be in 2017 either in May or Sept-Oct.

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