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Heavy snow and freezing rain is set to batter the UK this week, with warnings issued over potential power cuts and travel delays.
Up to 30cm of snow was expected to fall overnight and into today in Scotland, while parts of northern England could see around 20cm.
The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning for these areas, with forecasters warning that some roads may be affected by deep snow, leaving vehicles stranded, while there is a "good chance" that some rural communities could become cut off.
The warning started at 3pm on Wednesday and will last until 10am today – stretching from the Borders to the Highlands.
The temperature is also expected to be as low as -7C in the east of England on Wednesday night and possibly -11C or -12C in Scotland.
Up to 12 inches of snow could fall in the North
(Image: Daily Post Wales)
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The rest of England will see heavy rainfall, particularly in London and the South East, while Wales and Northern Ireland are predicted to stay mostly dry.
John Griffiths, a Met Office forecaster, dismissed any link to the widely reported 'Beast from the East 2', simply saying the conditions are "normal" for the winter weather cycle.
He said: "On Thursday a band of rain, sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland and northern England, which will slowly extend south to the Midlands as the day progresses.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning
Some rural communities are at risk of being cut off
(Image: Daily Post Wales)
"It is expected to be very cold in these areas, dropping below 0C in Scotland and parts of northern England.
"This will start to gradually ease and die out during the evening, with frost and freezing fog coming in."
Mr Griffiths said Friday will "start cold and foggy", with most areas becoming dry and bright over the rest of the day.
He said a yellow weather warning is also in place on Saturday, which could see heavy snow across parts of Scotland to central parts of England.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Many northern, eastern and central areas, cold with a mix of rain, sleet and snow, heavy in places, causing some disruption to travel, especially across higher ground. Rain more likely near coasts, while southwestern areas milder until evening, and windy.
Rain and snow easing, though slower to clear the far northeast of Scotland. Otherwise a mix of low cloud, freezing fog and some clear spells. Frost and ice potential hazards.
A largely dry but chilly day for most, areas of low cloud and fog slow to clear, especially in some eastern parts. Slightly milder and breezier later in far west.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Rain and strong winds spreading east on Saturday, with risk of snow in the north and east, clearing to sunny/clear spells and coastal showers. Turning unsettled later Monday. Mainly cold.