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A ‘Beast from the East’ is on the way and we might be getting four inches of snow

It’s like February 2018 all over again

Written by
Faima Bakar

It might be the most wonderful time of the year but it’s also going to be cold as hell. That’s because a ‘Beast from the East’ is heading our way next month, bringing with it plummeting temperatures and (quite possibly) snow.

Meteorologist Jim Dale, of British Weather Services, said high pressure from Europe is on its way toward the UK, pulling in strong winds all the way from Russia.

This movement marks a ‘transition zone’ meaning we’re heading towards a period of prolonged cold weather, likely to start at the beginning of December. The Met Office said up to four inches of snow could fall in some parts of the country.

Dale said: ‘Then high pressure comes in for the start of December, and this is when we are expecting it to start building over the UK, with the first freezing plunge going into Europe and then, if it comes off, bringing easterlies into the UK.

‘The beast has opened its eyes, and the signals are still there for a possible [...] early blast of winter during the first half of December.’

You may remember the original Beast from the East, which began on February 22 2018 after Anticyclone Hartmut brought a cold wave to the UK and Ireland. No doubt that if another is on the way, we’ll be talking about it for months or even years to come.

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