Is there snow on the way for Glastonbury?
By glastopeep | Sunday, January 29, 2012, 14:32
While I know that many weather forecasts are generally wide of the mark and often have no bearing on reality, the little boy inside me is always very excited when the chance of snow in Glastonbury is mentioned.
Snow at Glastonbury Abbey
I was in Poland last week, and checked several forecasts before I departed and all were widely different. The only common factor being that each stated there would be snow on the Sunday. The reality of the situation was that there was no snow at all on Sunday, but intermittent rain showers. Meanwhile there was a sprinkling on Friday, heavier snow showers on Saturday and then sunshine after the weekend. The longer range forecasts had predicted that temperatures would be around -6C to -15C, and I packed thermals accordingly, yet the minimum temperature was -2C with daytime averages around 2C.
Today, however the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the south western parts of the UK including Somerset, suggesting that later this evening and tomorrow morning rain pushing in from the west could possibly turn to snow. Although it appears that if it does happen then South Wales may be harder hit with 5cm or more, there is nevertheless a chance that we may get a 1 to 2cm slushy covering here in Central Somerset, with heavier snowfall possible over the Mendip Hills.
It's definitely a bit chillier today than over the past few days but as always there remains much uncertainty about the quantity or severity of the amount of snow we may receive, but as soon as we have more news we will certainly let you know, and although I have my sledge at the ready and snow boots by the back door I won't get too excited until I start to see a few flakes.