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Parts of the UK and Ireland awoke to a snow-covered landscape on 14 January.

Date & Time
14 January 2015 09:00–12:00 UTC
High Resolution Visible (HRV) Channel, Natural Colour RGB

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In these short animations of Meteosat's high resolution visible imagery and the Natural Colour RGB, from 09:00 to 12:00 UTC on 14 January, a snow-covered UK can be seen.

Snow can be seen lying in the south west of England on Dartmoor and, before the cloud advances from the west, snow can be seen over Wales and parts of Scotland.

In the Natural Colour RGB image, 14 January 10:00 UTC, small areas of snow can be seen over southern and central England and more extensive snow can be seen over northern England, before it too becomes obscured by the cloud. Parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland also had snow, although the lying snow is more difficult to see in the satellite imagery, again due to the cloud cover.

The annotated Natural Colour RGB from 10:15 UTC also shows areas of lying snow in Europe, in particular in the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Met-10, 14 January 2015, 10:00 UTC
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Met-10, 14 January 2015, 10:15 UTC
Natural Colour RGB composite (annotated)
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The heaviest snowfall was recorded in the Scottish Highlands, with Tulloch Bridge having 32cm of snow and Aviemore 31cm. The snowfall caused travel disruption and more than 100 schools to be closed. Some areas also reported getting thundersnow and large hail.


See also:

Previous UK snow case studies

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