Snow May Cover 90% of U.K. by Nov. 29 With Six Inches in Lon


Snow May Cover 90% of U.K. by Nov. 29 With Six Inches in London
2010-11-23 12:09:58.646 GMT

By Catherine Airlie
Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Snow is forecast to cover as much as
90 percent of the U.K. by Nov. 29 with six inches in London as
cold weather approaches, according to weather forecasts.
There may be as much as six inches (15 centimeters) of snow
in southeast England, northeast England and much of Scotland,
British Weather Services, which sells forecasts to businesses
including energy companies, said in an e-mail.
"We expect the country to be whitened out," Jim Dale, a
senior meteorologist at British Weather Services in High
Wycombe, England, said by telephone. "There's a good chance we
could be waking up to large volumes of snow." Snowfall is also
forecast across the rest of Europe, particularly across the Alps
and Scandinavia, he said.
Weather forecasters use models which can predict trends in
weather. The models can change. The U.K.'s Met Office issued a
heavy snow warning on its website at 11:30 a.m local time. Cold
weather can spur demand for natural gas, used to heat more than
half of the country's homes and businesses.
Snow is going to come "progressively as we get to the end
of this week and into next," Dale said. "On current trends, we
can't see an end to this until mid-December."

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