Cold weather warning for Rochester as snow set to sweep south
By MariaSoleil | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 16:13
ROCHESTER is braced for a cold snap this weekend as weather experts predict snow will sweep the region.
Could we see the first snowfall of 2013 in Rochester this weekend? (Photo: Dave Patten | Flickr)
Temperatures in Medway are forecast to dip as low as -2C and are expected to fall to 0C by Sunday.
Met Office experts say a chilly easterly breeze will develop and snow could fall on Sunday and into next week.
"All parts of the UK will see cold weather setting in over the weekend," said Paul Gundersen, the Met Office's chief forecaster.
"We can expect sleet and snow showers to affect eastern areas at times, but with a battle developing between the cold air in the east and mild air pushing in from the west, no one should be surprised to see sleet or snow over the weekend and next week."
Medway is braced for the imminent cold weather - more than 5,000 tonnes of salt has been stockpiled by Medway Council, as well as nearly 400 salt bins. Eight gritting lorries are also on standby to prepare the roads.
Forecasters say the reason for the cold weather is an area of high pressure over Scandinavia, which is allowing cold air from western Russia to move towards the UK.
Milder air is trying to push in from the Atlantic at the same time - meaning the UK is set to receive the resulting consequences.
Follow the forecast for Rochester at our weather page.
- View photos of Rochester's first snowfall of winter 2012
- Locations of salt bins in Medway here.
- View gritting routes in Medway here.
- For Medway school closures, click here.