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While cold shots blast portions of western and northern mainland Europe at times, stormy weather may hit southern Spain, the Mediterranean region and southeastern Europe.

Meteorologists expect Siberian cold to reach portions of western and northern mainland Europe, especially during the middle to latter part of winter. Much of the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal will have below-normal temperatures for the season.

"January to February will be the best chance for cold air coming out of Siberia," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

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With state of the art technology and the latest info available at the flick of a switch I fail to see why the public should have to put up with out of date forecasts. In this fast moving situation its

I've only gone and done it. This went to the Press Complaints Commission this morning....         1i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including

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wellcome jazmin to the madhouse that is nw and enjoy the ride for the up and coming winter. I really dnt knw wht to make of their w.forecast for europ, what's their track record guys?

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SNOW ploughs were being hauled out to clear roads and car parks yesterday after more flurries of Arctic weather.

Teams of highways workers were called out to grit and clear higher areas of Scotland where more snow is set to fall today.

At Cairngorm Mountain in Aviemore skiers were hoping for an earlier start than ­normal.

But Colin Kirkwood, the resort’s marketing manager, warned that although they were expecting more snow to fall on ground above 2,000ft it would ­probably not be enough for people to ski on.

He said: “The usual season is December to April. If we have enough snow to enable us to open we will do so but it’s too difficult to tell at the moment.

“We need the ground to be quite cold in order for the snow to settle.â€

Snow also fell across high ground in the Pennines, Cumbria and the Peak District yesterday with more expected over the weekend although it is unlikely to settle. Hills were becoming difficult for walkers.

This was the third time this week that the UK has been hit by Arctic conditions following flurries from London to Aberdeen last Saturday and in the West on Thursday.

According to figures from the National Climate Information Centre rainfall levels were ­surprisingly normal in October despite the flash floods that hit part of the country.

The 128mm of rain recorded was close to the national average of 127.1mm.

The lowest temperature recorded was -7.8C (18F) in ­Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on October 17. The Met Office said October was the coldest since 2003.

Rain and snow is forecast for bonfire night.

Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said: “Fireworks this weekend and Monday have a risk of showers, more so in the West, and people should wrap up warm and take umbrellas just in case.â€

The sight of yesterday’s snow prompted bookmakers to slash odds on a White Christmas.

William Hill cut the price of snow hitting Edinburgh Castle and Glasgow Cathedral from 4/1 to 7/2 with Belfast, London and Leeds 5/1 down from 6/1.


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Forecasters warn of coldest bonfire night for 14 years as temperatures drop to -6°C

The Met Office issued a severe weather alert from tomorrow across the South, South-East and south Midlands for up to 40mm of rain - two weeks’ worth - fanning flood worries. Forecasters said wet snow threatens the North Downs, South Downs, Chilterns, Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain, Exmoor and Dartmoor, with slushy deposits possible. Snow also fell in the East last Saturday, in the West on Thursday and the North on Friday.

Monday will be the coldest November 5 since daily temperature records began in 1999, Met Office data passed to Reading University meteorology expert Dr Roger Brugge showed. Every November 5 since 1999 had reached at least 13C. Last year saw 15C, and 2010 hit 18.4C. Fireworks fans were warned to wrap up warm as the Met Office forecast highs tomorrow and Monday of just 8-9C in the South and 4C in central Scotland, dropping several degrees in the evening and feeling near-freezing due to bitter northerly breezes.

Snow fell in the Pennines for the first time this winter today and areas in County Durham were dusted white in a reminder of what could be a tough few months ahead. Ice hit Scotland as temperatures plunged to -5.6C today at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, and -1.4C in Santon Downham, Norfolk. Temperatures fell below freezing as far south as London, the Met Office said, with nights set to continue at sub-zero levels in the North.

The Weather Channel forecast lows in Scotland down to -8C - which would be the coldest this winter. Arctic winds from Greenland are delivering bitter temperatures and showers, but also sunshine.

The Weather Channel said temperatures are up to 5C below normal. The Met Office warned the next week will see showers, rain, gales and more snow on higher ground in the North by Friday - with below-average temperatures expected for the whole of November.


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Three inches of snow falls in the west of England

Several inches of snow has fallen in parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire.

Areas including Bath, Frome and Midsomer Norton and Radstock in the Mendips have been affected, with up to 6in (15cm) reported in places.

Wiltshire Police said several vehicles had become stuck in snow near Bradford-on-Avon.

Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) Council said it had been caught unaware because no snow was forecast.

Kelvin Packer from Banes said two teams had been sent out to clear and grit the roads.

"Unfortunately the snow came down immediately off the back of a band of rain and with everything being so wet it's just sat on the roads as slush.

"When its raining heavily we can't go out gritting because the salt just washes straight off the road and it normally takes us about three hours to salt 260 miles of road."

First Great Western said trains between Swindon and Gloucester have been replaced by buses because of flooding near Kemble.

Several bus services have been cancelled in Bath and Wells because of the snow, a spokesman for First Bristol said.

Flakes of snow were also reported to have fallen in parts of Gloucestershire.


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I wonder if Ladbrokes has an accumulator going: Piers Corbyn, Joe B, Brian Gaze and Jonathan Powell all to forecast an Xmas Snowmageddon? Collective odds of 1/6?

I'd leave Brian Gaze out of that accumulator but the other 3 would certainly see odds as short as 1/25 on.

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First snow of winter hits southern England as heavy rain sweeps across the country sparking flood warnings

Millions woke up to a stunning white Sunday morning as the first major snow fall of the winter hit the south of England last night.

While snow fell across the South and West Country, heavy rain in the South-East and East Anglia has sparked flood warnings while experts announced tomorrow will be the coldest Bonfire Night in 14 years.

Two inches of snow is predicted to fall today in Bath, Somerset. The Met Office reported 'heavy snow' in places as up to an inch of snow settled by morning on higher ground in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Devon.

The sudden snowfall surprised residents of Sherborne in Dorset, who were faced with an inch underfoot when they expected sunshine.

The church and roads were covered in a coating of snow leaving the town looking like a stunning Christmas card.

Liz Burt, 54, from Sherborne, woke up to the wintery scene and grabbed her camera to take a picture of the unusual weather.

She said: 'I drew back the curtains this morning and really wasn't expecting to see snow coming down so thick and fast.

'It looked like a beautiful Christmas image, almost like a postcard, but I couldn't believe it was happening so early, I can't remember the last time we had snow in November.

'I was planning on going down to my allotment and planting my broad beans and onions for next spring but the ground is just too slushy to do that now.

'It looks like I'll have to put the log fire on and read the papers instead.'

Charlie Powell, forecaster at the Met Office said: 'It has been incredibly cold recently and the snow was caused by an area of low pressure coming in from the North West.

As it moved through the south the temperatures dropped to low single figures causing a small handful of places to have snow overnight such as Devon and Dorset.

'It was 1 inch thick in some places and came down fast but it isn't set to last, next week the temperatures are set to rise to about 12 degrees C (53F) but it will still be unsettled.'

Meanwhile, Longleat Forest Center Parcs, Wiltshire, looked more like Lapland as half-term holidaymakers awoke to snow-coated pine trees.

Government forecasters said the North Downs, South Downs and Chilterns were expected to have had snow by lunchtime today, with sleet later.


Are we headed for a White Christmas?

The odds of a White Christmas in the UK have already been cut by Ladbrokes.

As a blanket of snow covered the West of England optimistic punters have already piled into the chances of it happening over the festive period and the firm have reacted by slashing the odds of a White

Christmas in Manchester (7/2) and Cardiff (4/1), as well as in the capital to 7/2.

North of the border remains the most likely place of snow landing, with Edinburgh the 3/1 favorite to wake up on December 25th twinkling in white.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: 'The nation would love a White Christmas and the early snowfall this weekend has prompted them to part ways with their cash in hope it makes a reappearance in seven weeks time.'

Ladbrokes latest betting: Will there be snow on Christmas Day?

Edinburgh 3/1

London 7/2

Manchester 7/2

Belfast 4/1

Birmingham 4/1

Cardiff 4/1


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Snow And Heavy Rain Sweep Across UK

Torrential rain sparks a series of flood warnings, as parts of the southwest see the winter's first significant snowfall

The first significant snowfalls of the winter have occurred across parts of southwestern England, with other regions of England and Wales hit by flash flooding. The snow fell in Somerset, North Dorset, Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire over the weekend. Julian Mayes, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said there were reports of at least 3cm (1in) of snow falling in some regions.

Parts of England and Wales were also affected by flash flooding following a period of torrential rain on Sunday. Some 14 flood warnings were issued, covering the South West, South East, East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales. There were also 76 flood alerts issued for areas where the threat was less serious. Bournemouth received the most rainfall in the UK, with 3cm (1in) falling in just 24 hours.

Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency flood risk manager, said: "The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood warnings and alerts as a result of heavy rain across the south of England and Wales over this weekend. "Only last week the organisation warned that flooding could be more likely this winter as a result of heavy rainfall during the summer and higher than normal rivers and groundwater levels. "Anyone in a flood risk area can get free early warnings with vital information to keep themselves and their property safe."

Meanwhile, forecasters are advising people to wrap up warm if they are going to Bonfire Night fireworks displays tonight. Maximum temperatures nationwide are expected to be between 6-9C (43-48F) and by mid-evening they will drop to around 4-5C (39-41F).


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BRITAIN was on flood alert last night after a deluge of rain and snow storms hit large swathes of the country. Downpours drenched southern England for up to 10 hours and the West Country was hit by a shock heavy snowfall. Last night the Environment Agency had issued 15 flood warnings and 79 flood alerts. A spokesman said homes in the South-west and East Anglia had been hit by floods. The Met Office also issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the UK. Experts predicted that tonight will be the coldest Bonfire Night this century.

As millions of Britons woke up yesterday to icy conditions and winds of up to 60mph, at least one bridge was in danger of collapse and part of the M4 was blocked by floods, leading to tailbacks in South Wales.

The main snowfall occurred early yesterday, hitting Wiltshire, Somerset, North Dorset and Devon, as well as northern counties, including Cumbria and County Durham.

Gritting teams were rushed out in Bath and north-east Somerset after the council was caught unawares by snow which was six inches deep in places. Further east, up to two inches of rain fell. The Met Office said most of the South had up to an inch of rain between 3am and 9am. In Bournemouth, 10 days’ worth of rain fell in just six hours, and parts of the South-east and East Anglia had 10 hours of constant rain. Julian Mayes, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “The whole of southern England has had a very wet night. “Plymouth had the most rain but many places in the southern half of England had similar amounts.â€

And the snow could be back by the end of this week as freezing temperatures are forecast for northern England and Scotland. Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said: “Our north-westerly flow is coming from Greenland and windchill is making temperatures feel colder. “Unsettled is the best way to describe the next week – with showers and rain with a risk of snow over higher ground in the North going into the weekend, with widespread UK frosts. “It will be generally windy, with the risk of gales in exposed areas, and temperatures largely below average for the next 30 days.â€


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BLIZZARDS battered Britain yesterday as the UK braced itself for one of the coldest Bonfire Nights on record.

Up to six inches of snow fell in many areas of the country while elsewhere torrential downpours brought threats of flooding.

The savage wintry weather is set to continue over the next few days, making tonight’s firework celebrations the coldest this century.

Temperatures will plunge to -6C – the lowest for November 5 since 1999, according to Reading ­University meteorology expert Dr Roger Brugge.

Blizzards swept across the north Pennines at the weekend with up to six inches of show reported in isolated areas of eastern Cumbria and County Durham.

Up to three inches of snow also fell in areas of the south-west, including Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire yesterday.

Forecasters predict an “unsettled†week with showers and a risk of snow expected on higher ground in the north and widespread frosts.

Yesterday bookies Ladbrokes slashed the odds of a white Christmas in London and Manchester to 7-2 and Cardiff to 4-1.


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The local paper as just posted this about salt levels that there have stored and the fact that there will run out if we have anything other then a mild winter . http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/East-Riding-gritters-prepared-mild-winter-report/story-17236518-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_thisishullandeastriding

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The local paper as just posted this about salt levels that there have stored and the fact that there will run out if we have anything other then a mild winter . http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/East-Riding-gritters-prepared-mild-winter-report/story-17236518-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_thisishullandeastriding

That's worrying - Surrey have 18,000 tonnes!

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BRITAIN is set to be ravaged by flooding this winter as experts warn months of torrential rain lie ahead.

Incessant, heavy downpours until February are expected to make rivers and groundwater supplies overflow.

Many parts of the country are still saturated after one of the wettest summers on record. with any rainfall now likely to trigger flash floods.

Officials have warned above-average rainfall this winter will bring a heightened risk of flood chaos – and families are urged to be prepared.

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “There are going to be periods of heavy and at times torrential downpours.

“This is a concern because groundwater levels are already saturated. Rainfall over the next few weeks will tip the balance and trigger potentially serious floods.â€


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UK water resources 'left to weather's mercy'

A new report blames the government for leaving the UK's water resources at the mercy of the weather.

The document from 16 leading environmental organisations says it took the wettest ever summer to avert serious drought.

It warns that another series of dry winters would put Britain back on drought alert.

The government said its draft Water Bill would build resilience into the UK's water infrastructure.

The Blueprint for Water report measures the Government's performance against 10 steps to sustainable water by 2015.

It applauds ministers' commitment to tackle unsustainable abstraction from rivers and wetlands, extend the use of metering at a fair price and develop a catchment-based approach to managing the water environment.

But it says ministers are still failing to produce a long-term, sustainable approach which works with our natural water systems.


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The WeatherOnline lads have updated there seasonal outlook

A green Christmas?

Winter late January

Issued: Tuesday 6th November 2012

Duty forecasters: Captain Bob


The first 'meteorological' month of winter 2012/13 opens on a rather cool to chilly note, characterised by a brisk north-westerly to northerly flow, this bringing a mixture of rain, sleet and some wintriness to northern mountains, as pressure rises from the southwest and ridges across southern Britain, the flow orientates to a less cold, but generally cloudier west to south-westerly point, outbreaks of rain spreading across all western and north-western areas of the UK, the south and southeast becoming drier.

Further unsettled weather crosses the UK through the second week with wet and windy conditions expected in all areas, as low pressure clears to the east colder, polar air extends south through all regions on a brisk northerly, showers turning wintry and a return to night time frosts can be anticipated as high pressure builds and the winds fall light for a time.

High pressure slips away to the south with a mainly westerly flow returning across all areas, cloudier with outbreaks of rain crossing all areas through the mid-month period. High pressure builds back across the southern slice of the UK during the third week so the conditions once again settle and cool, once again though it won't be too long before further wet and windy weather erodes any fine early winter conditions.

There is some evidence that the settled and cold pattern may hold fast, however this is not strong enough to suggest anything other than that at this stage it looks as if Christmas may be 'green' with rather unsettled and wet and windy conditions extending through all regions, this lasting into the period juts prior to New Year, when it does look highly likely to turn much colder.

January 2013

The New Year begins on a cold and sunny note, polar air flooding south across all areas as low pressure clears away to the east, expect a few days of chilly and bright conditions, real winter is perhaps yet to show its face with any edge.

The first week to ten days of the month look likely to be rather 'Atlantic', cool rather than cold but characterised by rather cloudy weather with outbreaks of rain for all of us. Rather windy at times across northern and western Britain but calmer at times across the south, closest to a ridge of high pressure, the extreme south and east perhaps most favoured for any brighter conditions given some shelter, form the westerly breeze.

Mid month see the 'teeth of winter' biting down through all areas, polar air flooding south packing in wintry showers or longer spells of rain, sleet and snow, so winter in its unfettered guise arriving on a strong northerly. High pressure is anticipated to be building to the north and east, extending a ridge southwest across the UK, a cold northeast to easterly developing across southern Britain, the potential for wintry conditions increasing here. This wintry and unsettled regime looks likely to remain the dominant theme throughout the remainder of January.

Captain Bob


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IT could be the eerie start of some spine-chilling movie, with ghosts or zombies about to emerge from the mists around an old church tower.

In fact, it’s the morning fog swirling around St Peter’s at Evercreech, Somerset, yesterday after a frosty night.

But the weather is set to produce its own horror story with an Arctic blast forecast to bring temperatures of -10C by the weekend.

After mild weather in midweek, icy winds are expected to sweep the UK, with snow in Scotland.

The outlook: feeling rather ghoul...


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