BBC WEATHER warned of “heavy snow” blanketing Europe as the continent heads towards winter with some communities seeing “around 30cm” of snowfall.
BBC Weather has forecast some “very heavy falls of snow” over the next couple of days, which could cause disruption. BBC Meteorologist Chris Fawkes also warned of “torrential thunderstorms”. There is a risk of some localised flash flooding.
He said: “We’ve got a slow moving weather front that’s bringing some interesting weather to northwest Russia at the moment.
“Many areas have heavy outbreaks of rain at the moment, with around 30 to 50mm in the forecast for the next day or so.
“On the northern flank of this system, there’s cold air moving in.
“We’re seeing heavy snow to the south east of St Petersburg.”
Mr Fawkes continued: “Now there could be a few communities that see around 30cm of snow or so before the system finally begins to move out of the way.
“South east Europe is warm and sunny for the time of year.
“Temperatures doing pretty well with highs into the mid-20s quite widely.
“But increasingly mid-week some torrential thunderstorms breaking out across Italy and the Balkans.”
He added: “With a risk of some localised flash flooding developing here.
“Across western Europe it’s quite cool for the time of year, a lot of cloud with rain or showers in the forecast generally.
“Cold air moving in across Scandinavia and Finland as well.”
The BBC presenter said: “Heading into the forecast for Thursday, we’ll start to see those thunderstorms sweep across from the Balkans into Greece.
“And again we could see some really torrential downpours here.
“With a risk of some flooding across south east Europe as we get into Thursday and lasting into Friday with those stormy conditions as well.
“In Paris the air is getting much cooler as well with temperatures not even reaching double figures this weekend, a bit of a shock to the system here.
“In Moscow, it will certainly turn much cooler by the time we get to Thursday, those temperatures recovering for a time this weekend.”