Why is it that showers are always “turning wintry”?

To my mind the phrase “turning wintry” should only be used sparingly in weather forecasts if at all. Why don’t they say something like “occasional showers today falling as snow above 300 metres” for example, it might take a few extra words, and a bit more thought, but it’s much more accurate. As for the Met Office forecast of showers over Highland Scotland “turning wintry” today, forget it, they already have.

Courtesy of the UKMO
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