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Alert: up to 10 centimetres of snow could fall in the UK this week

The Met Office has issued its first blizzard warning of the season

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson
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Twinkly lights, pub Christmas dinners, boozy office parties... and sub-zero temperatures. Winter is well under way, and if you’ve been feeling the chill recently, it’s only just getting started.

The Met Office has just issued its first snow warning of winter, with parts of the country expected to plunge into icy spells when an ‘Arctic blast’ strikes this week.  

A yellow weather warning has been issued for northern parts of the UK, with snow showers expected to disrupt travel in Scotland on Wednesday. 

Blizzard conditions could lead to up to ten centimetres of snowfall. The snow warning covers Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Sia, Orkney and Shetland, but may also fall in parts of Northern Ireland and north-east England.

And it’s not just Scotland that will be feeling the chill. From Wednesday, the majority of the UK will experience its coldest spell of winter so far, with temperatures expected to remain just above freezing during the day, and falling below zero overnight – reaching as low as -3C on Thursday night. 

But for those of us crossing our fingers for a white Christmas, don’t get overly excited just yet. Wet and windy conditions are expected for the rest of the month, with the possibility of temperatures getting warmer in the south and west

You can find out more about the weather near you on the Met Office website.  

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