British Shivering in Frustrating March Cold

Jon Erdman
Published: March 22, 2013

Residents of Europe, and the U.K. are feeling the frustration of a cold kickoff to spring.

In his daily forecast written Thursday, Chief Meteorologist Leon Brown had a rather eye-popping headline:

"Coldest March Weekend in 50 Years!"

Pattern aloft over Europe early next week

According to the BBC, heavy snow over the past few days disrupted travel and forced closure of over 1,000 schools.  Power outages were reported in Northern Ireland and Argyll.  

In the south of England, heavy rain triggered flooding (shown in video above).  

Similar to the pattern in the northern and eastern U.S., this pattern appears stuck, as well.

At left is the forecast upper-air pattern over Europe early next week.  

An east-west ribbon of high pressure aloft from southern Greenland to Iceland and southern Norway is channeling cold air westward from Russia and Scandinavia into the U.K. and trapping it in place.  

Unfortunately, this scenario will persist at least through the first half of the work week, as chilly east winds continue to pour in from the continent.  

(FORECAST:  London | Dublin | Edinburgh)

MORE:  Europe Snow Mar. 12, 2013

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A gendarme wipes the snow off a car's registration plate on March 13, 2013, on the D901 (secondary road 901) near Beaumont-Hague, northwestern France. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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