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Somerset spared snow and 70mph winter winds expected to hit Scotland and the North

By IanMat  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

Snow on the Somerset Levels. But it is Scotland and the North that is expected to get snow first on Thursday, says the Met Office

Snow on the Somerset Levels. But it is Scotland and the North that is expected to get snow first on Thursday, says the Met Office

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THE MET Office predicts snow for Scotland on Thursday, with central and northern England getting winds up to 70mph.

The weather forecaster has issued a yellow warning of 'be aware' to the affected regions. The South West has nothing to fear, though, with conditions expected to drift eastwards to Scandinavia.

The forecast said: "The public should be aware of possible disruption to travel, particularly through the central belt of Scotland and over higher routes of northern England on Thursday. Large waves, high tides and surge may also cause some coastal flooding along the East Coast of England."

Snow showers are expected to affect the north of Scotland from Thursday afternoon until Friday.

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The Met expects 2cm to 5cm of snow in low ground and between 10cm and 20cm on higher ground.

In addition strong northerly winds will lead to some drifting with blizzard conditions possible over high ground at times. Icy conditions may also develop on some roads on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Met Office's chief forecaster says the wind and snow is happening because of a deep low pressure passing to the north of the UK on Thursday, ushering in a cold, showery airstream of Arctic origin across northern areas, with frequent sleet and snow showers feeding in to north and northeast Scotland for around 24 hours.

Higher pressure will return from the west during Friday and cause the showers to ease before a return to milder conditions again into the weekend.

Thursday's yellow warning of severe weather applies to Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Yorkshire & Humber.

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