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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Storm Jonas: Deadly snow blizzard heading for UK after devastating America
The deadly 'snowmageddon' causing chaos in the United States is on its way to Britain.
Storm Jonas, which has buried the eastern seaboard with more than 2ft of snow, is expected to hit the UK next week.
Luckily the devastating weather system will have lost much of its fury by the time it reaches our shores.
But it will still bring the risk of flooding and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the whole of Wales, North West England and Scotland.
The US National Weather Service said the winter storm could rank near the top 10 to hit the region.
Meteorologist Paul Kocin compared it to “Snowmageddon,” the first of two storms that “wiped out” Washington in 2010, but he said the weekend timing could help limit deaths and damage.
By Sunday, the system will move away from the US – heading eastwards across the ocean towards the British Isles.
It will quickly turn to rain as it meets much milder air – posing the potential for flooding on already saturated ground.
The Met Officer’s chief forecaster said: “An active cold front is expected to become slow-moving across Wales, north-west England and south and west Scotland through Tuesday, and into Wednesday, before clearing to the south on Wednesday afternoon.
“Warm air of tropical origins is expected to be entrained into the system, leading to abundant moisture and heavy rain.
“Many parts of the warning area could see 50-100mm of rain, whilst the most exposed upland parts of North Wales, north-west England and south-west Scotland could see 150-200mm.
“As such, there is the potential for river flooding, and also standing water on roads. Strong and gusty south-west winds will also develop.”