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Snow Threat As Cold Blast Hits Britain
Parts of the UK could be affected by snow by the end of the week as an Arctic blast causes temperatures to plummet.
By Friday, average temperatures in England and Wales are expected to drop to just above freezing, with strong winds forecast for some coastal areas.
Patchy rain could then turn into snow showers as the colder air hits the UK.
Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "Towards the end of this week the winds will swing round to a very cold northerly air flow bringing with it lower temperatures, below freezing across most places during nights with frosts, wintry showers and strong to gale force winds.
"From Thursday a band of rain will spread southwards across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
"As that cold front clears to the south, there will be brighter conditions behind it from Friday.
"High pressure will also keep it dry for many, albeit bitterly cold in the northerly winds, but there will be some showers in the north and along exposed coasts which will turn increasingly wintry."
Snow is also forecast to fall on higher ground, especially in Scotland.
Long term forecasts suggest temperatures across the UK could remain below average for much of December.
November saw some snow showers in high areas of Scotland and North Wales.