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  • 8 February 2013, 18:58

Weather: Snow Threatens To Disrupt Travel

Heavy snow could fall across much of the UK this weekend, with forecasters warning of possible disruption on the roads and railways.

Although the outlook is nowhere near as bleak as it is for America's East Coast, a severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office.

The alert comes into force on Sunday morning and will remain in place into Monday evening for England and Wales.

The worst of the weather is expected in parts of Wales, the Midlands and northern England, where up to 10cm of snow could accumulate.

As much as 20cm is possible on hills and mountains, while forecasters said sleet could fall in London, with ice on untreated surfaces an "increasing hazard".

Temperatures will struggle to top 4C, slightly colder than the UK average for February of 6C.

However, bitter winds from the continent will make it feel like -5C in places, particularly along the east coast.

The wintry weather comes just weeks after heavy snow brought much of the country to a standstill.

On the M6 in Lancashire, hundreds of drivers had to spend the night in their cars after more than a foot of snow fell.

This was followed by widespread flooding caused by melting snow and heavy rain.

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