UK snow warning - latest update

Gaby Leslie
Yahoo! News
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The UK cold snap is set to continue with more snow and gale force winds over northern Britain on Thursday, according to the Met Office.

After the second warmest November on record, weather warnings are in force across the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland and northern England for wintry showers and winds of up to 80mph.

The icy blast could bring as much as 10cm of snow across higher ground in Scotland and some northern parts with blizzard conditions.

Winter arrived with vengeance on Sunday as day time temperatures across Scotland and the north dropped bringing significant snowfall to many northern parts and as far south as the Midlands.

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Speaking with Yahoo! News earlier today, Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said that weather conditions will be "very unsettled", with 70-80mph winds across the central belt of Scotland likely to cause disruption. She warned that strong winds could even some damage to buildings and that the public should keep up to date with the forecast.

She warned that the unsettled weather will bring rain which could fall as snow over higher ground.

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By Thursday, southern England will feel milder temperatures of up to 13C before temperatures plunge again to a chilly 7C. But, northern parts will feel the bite the most with daytime highs of 3-4C.

On Friday, the UK will see a return to the cold northwesterly winds as the active weather systems clear away into Eastern Europe. The onset of the northwesterly winds will bring further sleet and snow showers to northwestern parts.
By nighttime, most places could see lows of -4C causing sharp frosts.

On Monday morning, a lorry driver was killed after he skidded off a trunk road in wintry conditions on the A160 in North Lincolnshire. Another lorry driver in Scotland was killed on a snow-bound road after crashing on the at M73 Baillieston, Glasgow.

Over the last few days, a north south divide has brought  colder temperatures and wintry conditions to the northern half of the UK while the south saw average temperatures and sunny spells.

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