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Much of the UK set for winter sunshine

Rain will move away to the southeast through the day with skies brightening up behind it. Colder air will be introduced to the north, with snow showers and gale force winds here.

Much of the UK set for winter sunshine. Credit: Met Office

Elsewhere we will see some decent winter sunshine with just patchy cloud, and the odd shower of rain. Temperatures will reach highs of 10 degrees Celsius (50 F) early in the day, and it will be turning colder for all through the afternoon.

US forecasters admits 'historic' blizzard error

The US National Weather Service (NSW) has admitted it made an error when it predicted a "potentially historic" storm would hit New York.

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Despite severe warnings from forecasters, New York escaped the worst of the storm.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has had to defend himself against claims he overreacted ahead of the storm.

"The result is much less snow than previously predicted," the NSW said on Facebook.

"Rapidly deepening winter storms are very challenging to predict."

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UK prepares for snow amid travel and health warnings

Parts of the UK are preparing for more snow amid warnings of travel disruption.

The scene in Cumbria earlier this month as forecasters warn of further snowfall in the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Yellow "be aware" weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for parts of England, from the North West to East Anglia, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Temperatures are expected to drop by as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday.

Around 3-8cm of snow is predicted to fall over parts of northern England, possibly reaching as far as Yorkshire and Humber and the Midlands, and up to 5-10cm of snow could blanket much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Forecasters have warned the public to be aware of possible travel disruption as a result of the "winter hazards", while health officials have also urged people to take extra care in the conditions.

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Two men due in court charged with Nicola Payne murder

Two people are due to appear in court today charged with the murder of young mother Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nicola Payne has been missing since 1991. Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, were charged yesterday with killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne.

They will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Ms Payne, who had a seven month old son at the time of her disappearance, has not been seen since leaving her boyfriend's house and for her parents' home in Coventry in 1991.

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