Friday, October 7, 2011

From Bikinis to Parkas: 1st Snow Falls on Scotland Days after Record October Warmth

The first snow of "winter" has fallen in the UK on Thursday - remarkably, just a few days after the hottest October day ever recorded.

Snow coated mountains were visible across the Scottish Highlands on Thursday as an Arctic storm caused foot-high drifts, near hurricane-force 70mph winds and an 18C temperature plunge - with ski resorts planning to open in just five weeks.

Cairngorm reported two inches and foot-high drifts, with the white stuff also coating Glencoe, Glenshee and on the Nevis Range.

Overnight temperatures on Wednesday dropped to a bitter 1C at Cairnwell, Grampians, and more snow is due on another chilly night on Thursday, with frost in sheltered parts of northern England and Scotland.

The latest weather warnings come just a few days after the UK basked in all-time record heat for the month of October! 

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