Is that the last of the snow? – Thursday 16th March 2023 – Sunday 19th March 2023

Hi all,

It’s certainly been a wintry week with Thursday and into Friday morning seeing some large snowfall totals, and drifts, especially so to the north-east of Manchester. We also saw some sleet & snow showers in days that followed and then a lovely hailstorm (graupel) with snow and thundersnow on its back edge on Tuesday morning. But, with milder air now in place and rain and more rain to come, have we seen the last of the snow?

A couple of photos of the snow drifts up in the hills last Friday morning. Images: @RhodesRuth and @Hoggy80 on Twitter
But now a change with 35-50mm of rain expected over the next 6 days.
We have a weather warning in place for persistent rain: Wednesday evening and into Thursday.

Thursday: Cloudy with heavy rain continuing for the morning at least. It should eventually ease during the late-afternoon to leave some patchy drizzle. Windy and mild with a south-westerly airflow. Max 11°C

Friday: A fresh southerly breeze will bring up some showers into the afternoon after a mostly dry and cloudy morning. Very mild for the time of year with some favourable spots seeing the mid-teens. Max 14°C

Very mild on Friday making it the warmest day of the year so far but don’t be expecting wall-to-wall sunshine.

Weekend: More rain to come.

Saturday: Low pressure and with winds eventually swinging more westerly it won’t be quite as mild. Generally cloudy with scattered showers. Max 12°C

Sunday: The lack of sunshine continues with mostly cloudy skies. Although the morning seems dry for some, the cloud will tend to thicken quickly and bring a spell of rain, heavy at times from the southwest which could warrant a warning. Cooler but not by much. Max 10°C

Outlook: Staying generally unsettled and rainfall amounts totting up. Temperatures remaining just above normal or even mild at times. Further spells of showers or rain with snow very unlikely. Could well be the last of it, but you know, we always get the odd wintry shower even in early-April so never say never.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks for reading as always and for everyone’s input over the past week with their snowy photos, videos and reports on local conditions on the roads.

Chadderton – Lovely scene after heavy graupel on Tuesday. Image: @ChadWeather.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of March 2023 at 4:52pm.

Images: BBC Weather, Weather and Radar UK, & off Twitter @RhodesRuth and @Hoggy80.

Disruptive snow for some before milder air wins – Thursday 9th March 2023 – Sunday 12th March 2023

Hi all,

It’s been an up-and-down few days of forecasts, with disruptive snow due on Thursday one minute, then not the next, now it’s on the cards again, but as it goes with snow events; there can be a massive difference between locations depending on the height above sea level. Don’t be surprised to see sleet/wet-snow in Manchester city centre with not much on the ground compared to snow ankle-deep just a few miles away towards, and on the Pennine routes.

This is a great website for working out your height above sea level which could make all the difference between rain or snow tomorrow.

So, what does the next 4 days and beyond have in store?

This forecast is subject to change as is the current set-up of the weather with cold and mild air battling it out across our shores. You can always see the very latest on Twitter.

Thursday: AM: Cloudy with rain, sleet and snow. A graphic from BBC Weather highlights this well. Rain (W) Snow (E – hillier). Pulses of precipitation patchy at times especially so in the west. PM: Snow is expected to continue & perhaps become more extensive (late-evening) to lower-levels that saw rain/sleet earlier. It will also be windy with gusts on the western side of the Pennines exceeding 40mph later in the day leading to blizzard-conditions. Windchill of -6°C.

Yellow & Amber warnings in place.

The snow is likely to cause travel disruption.

Max 2°C Min 0°C

A snowy Thursday (lunchtime) map especially across Pennine routes. Rain for the morning is more favourable out west.
Predicted snow depths by Friday morning. Over a foot is possible in places across the hills. If you plan to drive over the M62 on Thursday PM/Friday AM, maybe change your plans.
Another idea on snow depths from @Met4CastUK on Twitter. This is for areas < 200M giving you an idea of what the accumulations might be.
Here’s a close-up of the boundary of the yellow and amber warnings.

Friday: Early sleet and snow fading during the morning after leaving a good dumping in places. Sunny spells arriving into the afternoon. Clear skies overnight leading to widespread ice and a hard frost. Max 4°C Min -4°C

Yellow warning...
Yellow warning continued.
Amber warning

Weekend: Risk of hill-snow then milder.

Saturday: After a dry, icy and frosty start with some sunny spells, cloud amounts will increase as another weather-front swings in from the west, albeit slowly and will bump into the cold air. Hazy bright spells into the afternoon but it should stay dry until overnight when patchy rain, and some hill-snow moves in. Max 5°C Min 1°C

Sunday: Finally much milder air returns from the south-west with windy conditions and showers at times, especially later. A thaw of any snow left on the hills. Max 10°C Min 6°C

Outlook: Remaining unsettled with spells of rain/showers at times and breezy. Incursions of colder air means snow on the hills can’t be ruled out. I’ve been putting off cutting the lawns and planting seeds etc., holding out for warmer weather but there’s certainly no sign of that yet! It’s not unusual to have a chilly March and this one, so far, is no exception.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks as always for reading.

Images:, BBC Weather, Met Office and @Met4CastUK on Twitter.
Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of March 2023 at 9pm.

A blast of winter on the way but no Beast from the East – Thursday 2nd March 2023 – Sunday 5th March 2023

Hi all,

Welcome to Spring. In weather terms, this is the new season but it never means warm weather overnight. It’s not unusual to get a cold spell in March and this year looks like being no different as computer models are now coming to an agreement for colder weather, yes cold enough for frost and snow, next week. Tuesday/Wednesday seem to be the days when the cold spell will peak.

Forecasting the exact areas of where snow will fall is very tricky and it’s hard to predict even at 48 hours out. So look out on Twitter for updates as we have one final wintry spell before I can plant my seeds and cut the lawns.

Snow showers – Colder next week with wintry showers from the NNE on a bitter wind.
February 2023 Weather Statistics from the Met Office

Thursday: After a cloudy start it looks a better day than recently with some sunny spells. Also, it shouldn’t be as windy as it’s been recently. Still feeling chilly. Max 7°C

Friday: Back to the overcast days by the looks of it with limited brightness and just the chance of drizzle here and there. Max 8°C

Weekend: Starting to get cooler.

Saturday: More of a northerly flow now but still a lot of cloud. Some bright spells sheltered from the breeze. Max 7°C

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cold with the wind picking up again. Chance of a few wintry showers, especially in the east, falling as snow above 300M. The beginning of the cold snap. Max 6°C

After the recent SSW, cold air looks set to flood down across the UK into next week with the risk of snow.

Outlook: Now this is where it gets interesting. High pressure that’s been around for a good while (check out my av. pressure value for February below) will push away to sit to our NW and allow colder air to feed down from the Arctic (so not a Beast from the East set up). So, temperatures dropping and with low pressure close by to our east, we could see some wintry showers move in with a biting wind-chill. Too early to say who will see snow and how much but it will favour higher ground intitially.

Later in the week, with the cold air in place, milder air will try to bring bands of rain in from the south-west, which could lead to some significant snowfall as it bumps into the colder air. Again, details far too uncertain at this stage but we could well see a snowfall event before the new season springs into action.

Low pressure & milder air pushing in from the SW and bumping into the cold air means the chance of some significant snow is possible. When, where and how much is still unknown.

February 2023 Stats – Chadderton

Max 11.6°C (17th)
Min -0.7°C (6th)
Av. 6.2°C
Wettest 5.4mm (10th)
Av. Humidity 84%
Av. Barometer 1028.4 hPa
Max Gust 28mph
Av. Wind Direction W
Rain 16.6mm (only 18% of average)
Rain Registered Days 13
Dry Days 15

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of March 2023 at 7:15pm

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Cooler with low rainfall amounts and colder weather lurking on the horizon – Thursday 23rd February 2023 – Sunday 26th February 2023

Hi all,

February is turning out to be a very dry month. Currently 15mm have fallen and not much in the forecast for the remainder of the month. The month’s average is about 90mm. After recent events, i.e. the SSW, Met Office – SSW, all the talk has been about a Beast from the East (BFTE), snow storms and blizzards to bring chaos to the UK. This is all media (BS!) speculation but there are signs, and these signs are growing, of the weather turning colder as we progress through the first week of March; which of course is the first month of Spring meteorologically-speaking.

Will there be a BFTE? No-one knows but don’t be surprised to see some frosts and snow back on the weather charts. One thing I like to do, is keep it real. No over-the-top, clickbait nonsense. Weather is very unpredictable looking ahead more than 5 days, even fewer days than that for snow, so look out for updates on Twitter.

The next 7 days sees little in the way of rainfall with only a couple of mms predicted.

Thursday: A frosty start in places. We’re due some sunshine and after any early hazy-cloud clears it should be a decent day with plenty of sunny spells. UV levels might even sneak to 2! Spring is coming. Feeling pleasant in direct sunlight and shelter but maximum temperatures in single-digits. Max 8°C

Friday: Looks more of a cloudier day with areas of cloud drifting in on a steady north-easterly wind which will be gusty at times. Max 9°C

Weekend: High pressure to take control but more cloud than sunshine.

High pressure moves in from the west to dominate the weekend’s weather but don’t expect wall-to-wall sunshine. Mist and fog likely.

Saturday: Light winds and a misty/foggy start is possible which will lift into low-cloud and lead to another mostly cloudy day. Bright spells breaking out in the odd lucky spot. Feeling cold with a raw wind (wind-chill around 2°C). Max 7°C

Sunday: Little change. Patchy frost to start under any clear spells. Dry and chilly but not as windy as Saturday. Max 8°C

Outlook: Generally dry and cool with little much on the agenda until towards next weekend where it looks to turn a little colder, more unsettled and perhaps with some wintry showers, falling as snow on high ground. No BFTE or a need to stock-up on food just yet! Although grab those tomatoes when you can!

After the first weekend of March, it seems the first effects of the SSW will be felt as much colder air floods down from the Arctic or from the northeast. One to watch over the coming days.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks for reading.

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of February 2023 at 6:20pm.

Settled end to February – Thursday 16th February 2023 – Sunday 19th February 2023

Hi all,

It’s been a very dry February so far after all those days of rain in January. At this stage of February we should have had around 45mm of rain. Currently we’ve only had 3.4mm! Yes there will be some rain in the coming days but there’s no sign of any persistent rain on the horizon, so February will end with well-below average statistics. With some welcome sunshine towards the end of the month, it might be time for that first cut of the lawn.

No significant cold on the way but some chilly air from the north-west later next week but certainly no Beast from the East.

Thursday: A mostly cloudy day with patchy rain or drizzle in the morning easing away into the afternoon. Low-cloud and misty conditions on the tops. Mild for the time of year. Max 10°C

Friday: Any bright spells fading as a weakening band of patchy rain moves southeast. Brighter spells later in the day with the odd shower but well-scattered. Windy with 35-40mph, especially so on the eastern side of the hills. Mild. Max 12°C

Very mild on Friday then temperatures quite steady apart from a chilly spell midweek next week. No going into the freezer like the media portray.

Weekend: Weather-fronts close by.

Saturday: Early rain moves away introducing some fresher air. Remaining mostly cloudy with the odd bright spell here and there. Evening shower can’t be ruled out. Max 9°C

Sunday: The morning is expected to be overcast with some bright spells developing during the day but these are likely to be limited. Max 10°C

Outlook: No sign of anything snowy or significantly cold (despite what the media spout) although some chilly nights are expected later in the week. Monday and Tuesday seem to bring more of the cloudy conditions that we have been used to. A weak weather-front will move down from the north-west on Wednesday. This will introduce some wintry showers and cooler air afterwards. From Thursday onwards high pressure is expected to build from the west and then become anchored across the UK to end the final 5-6 days of February with dry, bright and settled conditions with some frosty nights.

High pressure is forecast to dominate for the final 5-6 days.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks for reading.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of February 2023 at 9:35pm.

Images: & Wetter&Radar.

High pressure still in control with plenty of dry weather – Thursday 9th February 2023 – Sunday 12th February 2023

Hi all,

Little change in the set up of the weather over the next week. High pressure to our south-east, and it’s a big strong one and it will continue to keep the unsettled weather away to our northwest. Any weather-fronts that do make it down through the region, like the one coming tonight, will weaken quickly and produce little rain.

Very little rainfall over the next 7 days.

Talks of SSW in the weather community at the moment. It’s now looking likely. This doesn’t guarantee a Beast from the East later this month/early-March but it can mean colder-than-average weather. Read more below from the Met Office’s blog. More about the possibility of colder weather from me next week.

Thursday: After a weak band of patchy rain overnight, Thursday looks a reasonable day with some sunny spells and high-cloud at times. Perhaps cloudier towards evening. Breezy and temperatures just above average. Max 8°C

Friday: A mostly cloudy day with a steady breeze from the south-west. A warm-front will introduce slightly milder air. The cloud could be thick enough for some hill-drizzle. Max 9°C

Weekend: Milder but little in the way of sunshine and mostly dry.

Saturday: Again we can expect cloudy skies with hill-drizzle in a few spots. Some eastern parts might see the odd brighter spell which will help to lift temperatures. Max 11°C

Sunday: Little change. A south or south-easterly airflow, with a lot of dry and cloudy weather. Still mild but temperatures could be a little lower than yesterday. Max 10°C

High pressure stays close by as we go into next week without dragging in any cold air from the continent

Outlook: Little change and no sign of anything significantly cold or snowy and the week looks mostly dry. Some signs of more unsettled weather sneaking down from the northwest towards the end of the week.

After a lack of rainfall over the last few weeks, signs of a more unsettled second half to February looks possible.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks for reading.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of February 2023 at 8:35pm

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A decent Sunday then more high pressure but will it turn colder? – Thursday 2nd February 2023 – Sunday 5th February 2023

Hi all,

The third and final month of winter is here. It’s a month that can bring mild and moist weather with temperatures into double-digits but also bitterly cold, snowy weather from eastern Europe. We could well see both scenarios in the coming weeks but for now we remain above-average on the thermometer and I’m not mentioning those 4 words yet!

Thursday: A mostly cloudy day with the chance of some hill-drizzle. Breezy with temperatures above average. Max 11°C

Friday: Another mild day with further cloudy skies. Perhaps some brightness developing into the afternoon which will help to lift the temperatures. Breezy again. Max 12°C – perhaps 14°C in some local spots sheltered in the east.

Weekend: Becoming colder but brighter.

Saturday: Any bright start fading as cloud builds from the north-west and a weather-front moves south-east bringing some patchy rain into the evening. Patchy frost later in the night as skies clear. Max 11°C

Sunday: That weather-front is a cold-front so Sunday will be cooler but with it much brighter skies and with high pressure building we should see a good amount of sunshine. Some frost overnight. Max 8°C

Outlook: High pressure that builds over the UK on Sunday will slip away into the continent as the week goes on but still control our weather. It all depends where this high pressure sits, with what weather we see next. If it moves over Scandinavia then we could import some easterly winds meaning that it will turn much colder with the risk of snow flurries. If the high pressure slips further south we will be in a milder south to south-westerly airflow. Literally at the moment the outcome is uncertain but it’s probably favouring the milder weather 60:40. One thing to note is the week looks mostly dry with sunny spells and some overnight frosts. Updates on Twitter.

January 2023 Stats

Max 11.9°C (4th)
Min -2.5°C (17th)
Av. 4.9°C
Wettest 24.8mm (10th)
Av. Humidity 88%
Av. Barometer 1012.9 hPa
Max Gust 35.7mph
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 132.4mm (119% of average)
Rain Registered Days 22
Dry Days 9

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of February 2023 at 9:16pm.

Settled end to January – Thursday 26th January 2023 – Sunday 29th January 2023

Hi all,

We’re in a quieter weather pattern now with little rainfall, although Wednesday did deliver a couple of millimetres. Temperatures are not too cold nor too mild and a cut-off Jet Stream means there aren’t any low pressure systems racing directly across the country bringing wind and rain. There’s a lot of press stories about snow incoming, as is the norm at this time of the year, but there’s no sign of that in this forecast.

Weather Stats – Winter Rainfall

70% of the total days so far this winter have seen rainfall recorded.

Thursday: After a gloomy day for most of Wednesday, today will be much better with plenty of sunny spells after a patchy frost to start. Some cloud at times drifting in from the east. Max 7°C Min 0°C

A cold-front moved SE on Wednesday bringing clearer skies and slightly cooler air, hence a frosty start to Thursday.

Friday: Another chilly start with patchy frost and also some mist or fog patches. Some bright spells for the morning but it’s expected to become more cloudier into the afternoon. Cool. Patchy frost overnight where cloud-breaks appear. Max 6°C Min 1°C

Weekend: A lot of cloud expected.

Saturday: A chilly day with little in the way of brightness with a mostly overcast sky. Light winds. No frost likely. Max 5°C Min 3°C

Sunday: Cloudy with the breeze picking up later in the day with 25-30mph gusts. Cloud could be thick enough for some local drizzle. Not much brightness expected. Milder later. Max 8°C Min 6°C

Outlook: Not much happening. High pressure anchored to the west will keep low pressures at bay. Some weather-fronts will slip around the high and topple into the UK but they will weaken. Temperatures around normal throughout the week with frosts unlikely due to cloud-cover. Signs of unsettled weather returning into the second week of February but no sign of any major snowfall or significant cold despite what the tabloids print.

Wintry showers from the NW around the end of the first week of February is the nearest we’ll come to snow between now and then.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 25th of January 2023 at 5:05pm.


Slowly milder, quieter & most importantly, drier – Thursday 19th January 2023 – Sunday 22nd January 2023

Hi all,

Rainfall record: We went 32 days running with measurable rainfall. The record to beat was/is 33 days from Oct-Nov 2013. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Yesterday, day 33, it snowed and due to being cold the snow didn’t melt so the “rainfall” amount was 0mm. Today snowmelt occurred leading to measurable “rainfall”, 0.4mm to be precise. It also snowed during the early hours of today, Wednesday. So, although we didn’t have a rainfall measurement on Tuesday we technically still haven’t had a dry day since December 15th. It looks like Friday will certainly be our first dry day for over a month.

Hope you all enjoyed the snowfall (a few of my snaps below). Certainly made everywhere pretty but the colder air is on its way out, eventually, and after days and days of rain, there is a drier spell on the way, and boy do we need it.

Greenbooth Reservoir – 3cm fell here – Wednesday 18/01/2023
Greenbooth Reservoir – Wednesday 18/01/2023 – this featured as a backdrop on the national BBC weather forecast later that morning 🙂
Greenbooth Reservoir – Wednesday 18/01/2023
Greenbooth Reservoir – Wednesday 18/01/2023

Thursday: We start the day with a weather warning in place for snow and ice thanks to wintry showers. These showers are likely to fall as snow inland but will soon decay away leaving a cloudy morning. Sunny spells will develop into the afternoon leaving a dry day and then a cold and frosty night ahead. Max 3°C Min -2°C

Friday: Mist or fog patches to start which will lift into low cloud and then sunny spells developing quite widely which could be a little hazy. Max 4°C Min -3°C

Weekend: Eventually less cold and not as sunny.

Saturday: Milder air is pushing in hard from the west but it will take another day to reach us. Sunny spells developing after a frosty morning. Cloud increasing into the evening meaning a frost isn’t likely. Cold. Max 4°C Min 2°C

Sunday: The change is here. Southerly winds in place and this will drag in a lot of cloud. Cold to start but very slowly milder as the day wears on. Some patchy drizzle here and there. Max 7°C Min 5°C

Outlook: High pressure will begin to dominate so a lot of dry weather but it looks to be a cloudy-high. So a lot of dull days with misty/foggy conditions developing overnight. The cloud might be thick enough for pockets of drizzle but the majority will be dry and this relief from relentless rain looks set to last for the rest of January.

High pressure builds next week and will anchor across the UK – Dry, often cloudy with localised fog

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 18th of January 2023 at 8:07pm

Colder spell on the way, risk of snow showers – Thursday 12th January 2023 – Sunday 15th January 2023

Hi all,

What a horrible spell of weather we are experiencing right now. Today marks day 27 in-a-row of measurable rainfall. During that time we’ve had 174mm of rain! This equates to around 158% of the average. The second half of December and the first third of January, have quite simply, been a disgrace!

Thursday: Early rain/showers will eventually fade away to bring a drier spell during the second half of the morning. Showers will return into the afternoon, some heavy. Milder again but windy once more, especially overnight with a risk of localised 50-60mph gusts for a short time. Get those bins secured! Max 10°C

Early hours of Friday morning could be lively

Friday: After a very windy night it will stay windy with showers being driven in on a strong westerly. Cooler once again. Max 7°C

Weekend: More rain before turning colder.

Saturday: There will be a spell of rain in the morning, that will turn showery. Showers will continue into the afternoon with the risk of hail and thunder. Again, it will be windy making it feel chilly. Max 7°C

Sunday: Sunday seems to be the day that we switch to colder air and with this the showers will start to turn wintry but will also ease later in the day. As what seems to be the norm recently it will be windy and with this wind-chill it will make it feel around 0°C. Any overnight showers could leave some snow on the hills. Locally frosty overnight too. Max 5°C

Outlook: Monday and Tuesday look particularly cold with temperatures struggling to 4°C. Weather-fronts/troughs slipping in from the west or northwest will bring spells of wintry showers which could lead to a covering of snow in places, especially on higher ground. The nights will be cold too with the return of some frosts. It looks like from the middle of the week onwards temperatures will recover a little bit, meaning the showers will not be as wintry and you never know we just might slip in a dry day along the way, which is massively overdue.

Wintry showers to bring some snow-cover early next week?

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of January 2023 at 7:30pm.
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Cover Image: @GazDean1 on Twitter