The weather in Shrewsbury over the past few winters has been a neverending parade of gritters, slush, snow, rain, ploughs and then it starts all over again. It’s fair to say that winters have been harsh.
But so far this year, really rubbish weather has eluded us in Shrewsbury with temperatures only recently dropping and snow limiting itself to the Shropshire Hills. BUT... if you're looking to hit the streets for your Christmas shopping, or are planning a night out in Shrewsbury, you'd better prepare yourself for the bad weather we are being forecast....
At the time of writing this blog (3pm on Wednesday 14th), parts of Shropshire were being put on flood alert with weather experts warning that that the county is set to be hit by a second major storm. Water levels at Crew Green, Montford and the Welsh Bridge around Shrewsbury are expected to reach peak levels overnight while flood warnings have been issued for two roads in Shrewsbury.
And further weather warnings have been issued for later in the week and over the weekend with showers, sleet and snow and heavy winds adding to the chance of blizzards being forecast for Shrewsbury. Whether this continues into the following week to give everyone a white Christmas is anybody’s guess.
The Met Office has forecast a possible white Christmas in northern England and Scotland, with southern England at risk if a cold front is blown south.
Bookmakers had been offering 5/1 odds of snow on December 25 - but Ladbrokes is now offering odds of just 2/1 in Aberdeen, 5/2 in Newcastle and 3/1 in London.
The Met Office forecast for December 19 to January 2 warned: “It is likely there will be colder spells, chiefly across northern parts of the UK, with snow to lower levels.
“Unsettled weather looks to continue to the end of the year across northern parts, while southern parts are more likely to see more settled conditions.
“Temperatures will be mostly around average, although southern areas may see above average temperatures. However, cold nights are expected across the UK, with frost and fog.”
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