Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 6th March 1947
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The General Inference 'A depression centred in the Straits of Dover is moving steadily east. Occasional snow, mainly light, in the Midlands, east and Southeast England will die out gradually during the day but rather frequent snow showers will persist tonight near the east and southeast coasts and tomorrow they will be confined to coastal areas of East Anglia and Kent. Elsewhere it will be fair except for a few snow showers in Northern Scotland. Good bright periods in the west will later spread to all districts except the extreme southeast. It will be very cold with hard or severe frost by night but day temperatures will rise slightly above freezing in the East and somewhat higher in the West' At Midnight-low pressure now just SW of the Isle of Wight. Associated front shown just off south coast running ENE into Low Countries. Temperatures at or below freezing in UK mainland. Tendency for temperatures to have fallen a degree or so overnight most notably in south Cornwall where they are now close to freezing. Continuous light snow still falling in eastern and central districts of England. Rain also falling in parts of the South with temperatures at or below freezing. Strong NE winds persist in southern districts, Cranfield F7 and Bristol F9. Colder and clearer over northern areas with temperatures as low as 19°F (-7.2°C) at Leuchars, Renfrew and Aberdeen. At 06GMT-low pressure has now reached the Straits of Dover with associated front now lying from NW coast of France into the Netherlands. Snow and rain now confined to East Anglia and SE England. (Rain and snow also reported ahead of the front in the Netherlands with temperatures at or below freezing). Temperatures below freezing in most areas with Renfrew the coldest on 13°F (-10.6°C). Winds have moderated slightly although Yeovilton reports F7 with 'blowing snow' Overnight minima-Dalwhinnie coldest on 9°F (-12.8°C), Scilly warmest on 36°F (2.2°C). Previous day's maxima-On the mainland Lizard (S.Cornwall) reached 48°F (8.9°C) for a short time. Coldest was Little Rissington on 29°F (-1.7°C). Precipitation for previous 24 hours-up to 18mm in SE (Manston) and 27mm on South Coast (Portland Bill). Largely dry over northern areas. Snow cover/depth/state of ground-snow lying in Eastern and NE England, Midlands, S Wales, Eastern Scotland and parts of Ireland. The deepest snow >6" is in a belt from East Anglia through the Midlands to South Wales. Notable depths are Cranfield 20", West Raynham 18", Honiley and Aberporth 10", Waddington and Finningley 9" and Mildenhall and Bristol on 7". South of this is a zone from London Area to North Devon with depths in the order of 2-3". Deep snow is also reported from NE Scotland Lerwick 16", Aberdeen and Rattray 9". Several stations are still reporting glaze (Croydon,Lympne, Exeter and Plymouth) Other-Eskdalemuir reports a 'solar halo' between 12 and 18GMT on the 5th



Source:The Daily Weather Report of the Meteorological Office
*Refers to 24 hours ending 0600 on the date
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