UK weather: Warnings as Britain braced for 40 hours of snow – will it fall in your area?

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The UK is braced for 40 hours of snow with the threat of another 'Beast from the East' on the way.

Forecasters say snow is likely to fall across many parts of northern England on Thursday, with the possibility of a Beast from the East 2 in the middle of next week.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow for large parts of Scotland on Thursday.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said that freezing rain could turn to snow over parts of Scotland and north-east England from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

"Through Thursday itself there'll be further rain across the bulk of the UK and this could bring some fairly significant snow a bit further southwards through Thursday," he said.

"By Thursday afternoon we could be looking at the risk of snow across many parts of northern England and into the Midlands and perhaps a little bit further east as well."

Yellow warnings for snow over Scotland
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Though there are warnings of as much as 30cm of snow in Scotland, Mr Burkill said that rainfall would "go some way to preventing much snow lying" elsewhere through Thursday in particular.

"For northern England we could be looking at around 15cm, perhaps 20cm by the end of Thursday over the highest routes," he said.

"Further south I'm not really sure, particularly into the Midlands, that much if any will settle."

He said central and eastern parts of England could see "maybe one or two centimetres" of snow over the highest routes.

"But because of how wet the ground is going to be leading up to it and how much rain there'll be mixed in around as well there probably won't be a huge amount settling," he said.

But will it snow in your area?

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North East England

Today saw a frosty start but will be dry and sunny throughout with mainly light winds. The maximum temperature will be 3 °C.

Tomorrow will be a bright start in the east but this will quickly cloud over with outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow by midday.

The snow may fall to lower levels at times.

The risk of rain and snow continues through Thursday, but will gradually ease.

Further rain and hill snow is likely on Saturday.

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North West England

Today will be a bright and clear day with plenty of sunshine and light winds.

It will turn cloudier during the evening but remain dry with frost likely to develop overnight.

Wednesday will be an unsettled day with persistent heavy rain across the region.

Some of this rain will turn to freezing rain or snow, mainly on hills.

Rain will ease on Thursday and Friday but further outbreaks could be seen on Saturday.

People out on Wimbledon Common covered in heavy frost
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Yorkshire & Humber

Today will be dry and sunny throughout with mainly light winds.

Tonight a widespread and in places sharp frost will develop.

By Wednesday a bright start will quickly cloud over with outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow by midday.

The snow may fall to lower levels at times.

A risk of rain and snow will continue on Thursday and Saturday.

East Midlands

Tuesday will be dry and sunny throughout with light winds, before a frost develops overnight.

Wednesday will see outbreaks of rain for most by midday.

Hill snow is likely over the Peak District and it will stay cold.

Rain which is heavy at times will hit on Thursday, but clear up by Friday.

Further rain and hill snow is likely on Saturday.

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West Midlands

Today will mainly be dry across the region with plenty of sunshine.

Wednesday will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain during the morning.

Thursday and Friday will be cloudy and there will be rain on Saturday.

London & South East England

Today there will be outbreaks of rain and drizzle and a widespread frost will develop overnight.

Wednesday will also see outbreaks of rain spreading to most areas by midday.

Thursday will be a rainy day – and although it will be dry on Friday, the rain will return on Saturday.

South West England

Tuesday is a murky and wet day for much of the region with outbreaks of rain persisting throughout the day, which could turn heavy at times.

Wednesday will be a dry but often cloudy day with some sunny intervals possible.

Outbreaks of rain will be seen on Thursday morning, then sunny spells.

It will be mostly fine and bright on Friday but conditions will turn unsettled by Saturday.

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Wales

Today will stay cloudy and mild in the south with outbreaks of rain throughout the day.

On Wednesday there will be outbreaks of heavy rain which will affect north and central Wales during the morning, easing by the afternoon.

Spells of rain will hit between Thursday and Saturday.

Scottish Highlands

There could be light wintry showers today.

On Wednesday rain will spread northeast to affect Lochaber Skye and the Outer Hebrides, possibly turning to snow if it reaches Dalwhinnie.

Rain with snow in the east is forecast on Thursday.

More rain and hill snow is expected on Friday, turning showery on Saturday.

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