UK weather latest: 'Thundersnow' forecast to hit Britain as Met Office warns of gales and plunging temperatures

A meteorological phenomenon known as “thundersnow” is set to hit the UK this week.

The unusual weather, in which snow falls in a thunderstorm instead of rain, is most likely to be seen in western Scotland, according to the Met Office.

It occurs when relatively warm, unstable air meets cooler air in wintry conditions. 

“It’s exactly the same mechanism as a thunderstorm, it’s just colder,” Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell told The Independent

He added: “What’s interesting about it is it sounds a bit different from regular thunder. The snowflakes have a different impact on the way sound travels because

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