Private reports from the North of England indicate that snow accompanied heavy thunderstorms and a possible tornado earlier today, surprising people in York and Hull, who were dressed in summer clothing. The British Meteorological Bureau issued a severe weather alert for the area, but as yet the snowfall, which was estimated at four inches, has not been officially recorded.

The Met’s Severe Weather Warning

ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE MONDAY 0830 Slow moving and heavy thunderstorms will affect eastern and northern England, Northern Ireland and southern and central Scotland this afternoon. Some hail is also likely. Localised flooding is expected, along with dangerous driving conditions. Valid until 2000 today

ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE ON MONDAY A deepening depression in the Eastern Atlantic is expected to become slow moving to the southwest of the British Isles. During Tuesday and early Wednesday spells of heavy, thundery rain are possible in Southwest England and South Wales. Further updates will be issued later

Monday August 21st, 2000 Heavy, slow moving and possibly thundery showers may affect many parts of the United Kingdom this afternoon. Valid until 2000 today

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