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Is America's "polar vortex" and snow heading to Somerset and UK?

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

A woman walks back to her car in the long term parking lot at Indianapolis International Airport. The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest - forcing people to draw hoods closed against near-instant frostbite

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Forecasters say the big freeze which has left America colder than Siberia is not heading our way for the next ten days at least.

Met Office experts say the wet and windy conditions over the last few days are a direct result of the freezing temperatures which led to 187 million Americans being warned to stay at home.

But the weathermen say there is no snow on the horizon for the West Country for now.

Cars have been banned from the roads, schools have closed and flights have been cancelled as more than half the US population is warned to wrap up warm against the coldest temperatures for decades.

A whirlpool of dense air known as the "polar vortex" has been blamed for the cold front which has already caused a number of deaths. Americans have been warned their skin could freeze within minutes if they go outside.

But although there may be a few frosty mornings over the coming week, we cannot expect anything similar over here for now.

Temperatures are expected to be normal for this time of year, which is an average of around 5C for the West Country.

But it may feel slightly colder than of late because we have just come through the eighth mildest December on record and January has also been unusually warm.

“We are about to see a return to normal temperatures for this time of year,” said spokeswoman Laura Young.

“People often believe that whatever happens in America comes over here, but although we are affected by what happens over there, it’s not always in the same way.

“The mild, wet windy weather we have been experiencing is a result of what is happening in America, that’s how it changes across the ocean.

“We don’t have any snow forecast for the the South West for the next week to ten days, but some of the showers could turn wintery on high grounds.”

The US East Coast is preparing for the cold front which moving in from the Midwest today wtih areas as far south as Florida are facing record low temperatures.

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