Brrr! Beast from the East 2.0 hits Canterbury

Snow falling over the Old Tannery development this morning

After a week of mild weather, snow is falling over Canterbury for the second time this month.

Forecasters predicted that temperatures would dip below zero in the city as cold air moved in from the north-east.

At the end of February east Kent was hit by freezing temperatures, the so-called Beast from the East blown over from Siberia and Scandinavia.

The temperature today (Saturday) was 1C at 8am this morning with it due to drop to -1C this afternoon.

A windchill factor is making it feel colder.

Canterbury Journal writer Alex Claridge has been out this morning. He said: “It is quite cold, but we were warned to expect it.

Snowy Canterbury at the start of March

“It’s strange that it is totally different to earlier in the week when it was incredibly mild. Friday, for example, was warm enough to go out in a jumper.

“The upside to the arrival of Beast from the East 2.0 is that the snow isn’t settling and so hopefully shouldn’t cause too much disruption.”

Sunday is also forecast to see sub-zero temperatures.

Temperatures will rise on Monday. A Met Office spokesman said: “After a few very cold days, temperatures will slowly start to recover through the start of this period.

“Tuesday and Wednesday will be largely cloudy but mostly dry aside from a few showers.

“Some spells of wet and windy weather are then expected to arrive from the west later in the week, with rain likely to be preceded by a spell of snow in the north.

“In-between spells of wet and windy weather, there will be some drier, brighter but colder interludes.

“Into the following week there is significant uncertainty in the forecast but a blocked or only slowly changing weather pattern seems most likely with the wettest weather likely to be in the south and the greatest chance of any snow in the north.”


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