Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spring Comes Early for UK as America Prepares for Worst

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spring Comes Early for UK as America Prepares for Worst

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Byline: Dominic Harris Reporter

BRITONS will bask in unseasonably warm weather of 15C (59F) this weekend - while across the Atlantic 50 million Americans face a massive winter storm expected to dump up to 3ft of snow across the east coast.

A state of emergency has been declared throughout a vast swathe of the eastern seaboard, with individual states in near-shutdown after thousands of flights were cancelled, schools and government offices closed and sports and entertainment events called off.

Warnings are in place from Arkansas in the south to New York in the far north east, and millions of people have been stocking up on food and emergency supplies.

But while Americans face the prospect of one of the worst winters in years, temperatures almost 10C above the average will leave people in the UK enjoying spring-like weather.

Thermometers are likely to peak at 15C (59F) tomorrow, a far cry from the usual 6.5C (43.7F) in January, as a dip in the Atlantic jet stream pushes warmer weather over the UK from the south west.

This comes days after temperatures of minus 12.4C (9.7F) were recorded in Kinbrace, Highlands, on January 19, the coldest day of the year so far, when it was also minus 8.4C (16.9F) in Upper Lambourn, Oxfordshire.

US officials are expecting blizzard conditions to combine with brutally high winds, inland flooding, whiteout conditions and the possibility of thunder snow - when lightning strikes through snowstorms - para-lysing the eastern third of the US and potentially causing up to a billion dollars (PS700m) of damage.

Washington DC, which is further south than Madrid and Rome - where on Friday it was 11C (51.8F) and 13C (55.4F) respectively - is braced for more than 2ft of snow and authorities are shutting the subway system until tomorrow.

Forecasters believe it could threaten the previous snowfall record in the US capital of 28in during a twoday period in January 1922.

Up to 18in is also expected in Philadelphia, along with 1ft in New York. …

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