It appears that BBC weather service has come in for some criticism recently for a certain lack of accuracy in its forecasts. Could be something to do with 'barbecue summer' and 'mild winter', but that's just a wild guess. However, forecasts on the radio and television over the last couple of days have brought 'fence sitting' to new heights.
The main gist has been as follows:
"There will be a swathe of snow stretching diagonally from north east Wales to the south east of England. Now just because we say that now, it doesn't mean that that is what is really going to happen. The snow could be rain or sleet, or it might end up somewhere quite different, like Scotland or Northern Ireland, or then again, it might be diverted to France, in which case Wales might be sunny and hot, although that is about as likely as having a barbecue summer in 2009 was. Of course, at this time of year, and in fact at any time of year, you have to remember that the weather is changeable (yes, really!) so you are not to get your knickers in a twist and start complaining if our forecast isn't quite accurate.
Actually, that's why we are issuing a Severe Weather Warning over the whole of the UK, just to cover all eventualities.
In fact, it's probably advisable to stay at home for the foreseeable future, just in case....You never know..."