Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Village Is the 'Snow Capital' of the Country

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Village Is the 'Snow Capital' of the Country

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Byline: Ian Robson Reporter

LET it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

But where in the North East are you likely to see most of the white stuff? A village in the region has the distinction of being the snowiest place in England.

Copley, near Bishop Auckland, has been named the snow capital of England by the Met Office.

Weather statistics show the remote community gets an average of 53 days a year when you can expect snowfall.

Not only is it the worst in England, depending on your point of view, it is also the fifth worst in the entire UK.

Only the Cairngorms, Shetland, Fair Isle and the Orkney Islands get more.

Copley is part of the North Pennines and the location of a Met Office weather station.

Here is what the Met Office has to say about the likelihood of snow.

They say: "The North Pennines are one of the snowiest parts of England and Copley, County Durham, sees snow falling on average 53 days each year.

"It is just south of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty, home to one of only a handful of outdoor ski centres in England."

So it's cold, cold enough to snow for almost two months of the year, but why.

Ken Cook runs the weather station on behalf of the Met Office and he had some ideas.

He said: "Copley is the snowiest Met Office site in England on the number of days that snow is actually seen falling.

"Copley is also around 1,000ft above sea level which increases the chances of snow rather than rain during the colder months as temperatures are usually at least 2C lower than at sea level. It is also quite a distance, about 20 miles as the crow flies, from the warming influence of the North Sea which again makes it colder than many other areas in our region.

"It is also far enough east and separated by the high Pennines from the influence of the Atlantic to our west. …

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