Will Doncaster see snow in January? Long-range weather forecast for start of the year

Despite Nigel Farage’s wishes – and predictions from weather experts - Doncaster saw no snow in December.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 8:27 am

But how’s the forecast looking for January? Here’s what’s in store, according to the Met Office.

At present, South Yorkshire is not likely to see any snow in the first month of the new decade. But that could change.

On the whole the UK will be clearer and brighter in the first part of the month, but there could be occasional heavy showers in the West and North.

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An empty grandstand near the winning post as day two of the William Hill Lincoln Meeting at Doncaster Racecourse has been cancelled due to snow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 23, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
An empty grandstand near the winning post as day two of the William Hill Lincoln Meeting at Doncaster Racecourse has been cancelled due to snow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 23, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Things are predicted to get worse in the second part of the month, however. Snow, if it comes, will be most likely over northern hills, but it could fall to lower levels at times in the North during colder interludes. Temperatures will tend to stay above average, though they could fluctuate.

The Met Office says it can’t accurately predict local weather beyond five days, so only offers a UK-wide ”general feel of the weather to a relatively high level of accuracy” beyond that time.

According to their website: “Small events currently over the Atlantic can have potentially significant impacts on our weather in the UK in several days' time.”

In 2018 Doncaster was hit with subzero temperatures and flurries of snow when the so-called Beast from the East swept through the country.

According to the Met Office, the UK gets on average 23.7 days of snowfall or sleet each year, with most of it falling on higher ground where temperatures are lower.

You can see Doncaster Council’s advice on getting ready for winter here.