March could see snow flurries in the North East following spring-like end to February

Following an unseasonably warm and sunny weekend at the end of February, the long range weather forecast predicts we could be receiving another flurry of snow.

After the warm weekend, you may be forgiven for thinking the spring weather is here but forecasters are predicting much cooler temperatures and the possibility of snow later in March.

The final few days of February brought sunny, clear skies and mild temperatures although by Monday morning (March 1) temperatures have dropped dramatically again.

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The Met Office’s long range forecast from March 5 to 14 suggests we’ll be experiencing colder temperatures which will slowly warm as the month progresses.

Snow fall in the North East earlier this yearSnow fall in the North East earlier this year
Snow fall in the North East earlier this year

But a cold northerly airflow could mean the possibility of light sleet or snow flurries along the northern and eastern coasts.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “With the high most likely centred over Scotland, this will bring a cold northerly air flow and a possibility of light sleet and snow flurries for a time into northern and eastern coasts.”

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Adding: “Where skies clear overnight, frost and fog patches may become prevalent. Temperatures are likely to start off colder than normal, due to the northerly air flow, before slowly returning to around average.”

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By the middle of March conditions will become more unsettled with spells of rains and showers become more likely.

However temperatures will be on the up and will remain around or a little above average.

While there is no signals for prolonged cold weather at this time, there is a possibility of some brief cooler intervals.

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