March 2018 Western European Blizzard
TypeExtratropical cyclone, European windstorm, Winter storm, Blizzard
Formed26 February 2018
Dissipated5 March 2018
Maximum snowfall
or ice accretion
63 centimetres (25 in) Little Rissington[1]
DamageAt least 3[2]
Areas affectedWestern Europe

Storm Emma, also called Ulrike, was a deep depression which was part of the 2017–18 European windstorm season. As it interacted with Anticyclone Hartmut, a cold wave, Emma's warmer damp air rode over the cold air that had been over Western Europe for a few days, leading to heavy snow falls of up to 57 centimetres (22 in).[3] It 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.[4][3] The worst affected areas were southwest England and southern Wales.[5]

Snowfall, and temperatures


Although the maximum snow fall was 57 centimetres (22 in), most places affected reported a general total of 50 centimetres (20 in).[6] Snowfall was reported along the coast of Italy and French Riviera for the first time since 2010 and UK since 29 September 2017.[7] Snow also fell in Barcelona, a rare occurrence for the region,[8] disrupting Formula One car testing ahead of the 2018 season.[9]


Throughout the storm, the temperatures were very low with Cairn Gorm recording a daytime high of −11.8 °C (10.8 °F)[10] on 1 March. However, more generally places saw maximum temperatures between −5 and −3 °C (23 and 27 °F).[3]


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Holyhead Marina in Holyhead, North Wales was destroyed due to the storm on March 1–2, 2018.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Little Risington Synop Report".
  2. ^ Beast from the East meets storm Emma, causing UK's worst weather in years, The Guardian, March 2, 2018
  3. ^ a b c "British_weather_in_March.htm".
  4. ^ Greenfield, Patrick (26 February 2018). "UK braces for extreme weather as Met Office warns of snow".
  5. ^ "Storm Emma to bring up to 50cm of snow". BBC News. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  6. ^ "Storm Emma to blanket UK in 50cm of snow, causing more misery for travellers". 1 March 2018. Archived from the original on 2022-05-25.
  7. ^ "In Pictures: French Riviera hit by snowfall". 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Barcelona 2021 - Pictures snow Barcelona".
  9. ^ Benson, Andrew. "Formula 1 testing: Snow and rain ruins day three of pre-season testing". BBC Sport. BBC.
  10. ^ "Synop report summary".
  11. ^ Forgrave, Andrew (12 July 2020). "'We stood there in utter disbelief' - boat owners relive Holyhead Marina disaster amid battle to recover losses". Daily Post. Retrieved 15 February 2020.