Storm Emma (2018)

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March 2018 Western European Blizzard
TypeWinter storm
Formed26 February 2018
Dissipated5 March 2018
Maximum snowfall or ice accretion57 centimetres (22 in) Little Rissington [1]
Fatalities16 [2]
Areas affectedWestern Europe

Storm Emma, also called Ulrike, was an event that was part of the 2018 Great Britain and Ireland cold wave and the 2017–18 European Windstorm Season. The Low Pressure System interacted with Cold air that had been firmly established over Western Europe for a few days, leading to heavy snow falls of up to 57 centimetres (22 in)[1]. It also brought a renewed push of cold air to much of the United Kingdom with temperatures falling as low as −11 °C (12 °F) in Nairnshire [3][1]. The worst affected areas were South west England and Southern Wales[4] where an estimated 16 people died in connection with the storm[2].

Snowfall, and temperatures[edit]


Although the maximum snow fall was 57 centimetres (22 in), most places affected reported a general total of 50 centimetres (20 in).[5] Snowfall was reported along the coast of Italy and French Riviera for the first time since 2010[6]. Snow also fell in Barcelona, a rare occurrence for the region.[7]


Throughout the period of the storm, the temperatures were very suppressed with Tredegar recording a daytime high of −5 °C (23 °F) however more generally there was a maximum of −2 °C (28 °F).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "British_weather_in_March.htm".
  2. ^ a b "Families told 'evacuate now' as storm brings intense flooding". 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ Greenfield, Patrick (26 February 2018). "UK braces for extreme weather as Met Office warns of snow".
  4. ^ "Storm Emma to bring up to 50cm of snow". BBC News. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  5. ^ "Storm Emma to blanket UK in 50cm of snow, causing more misery for travellers". 1 March 2018.
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