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The return of the 'Beast from the East'?

Snow and ice warning for the weekend. Issued by the Met Office. Photo: The Met Office.

We have been talking all week about a cold spell this weekend. The 'Beast from the East' is still fresh in people's minds so will it be the same as just as a few weeks ago.

Cold air pushing across Europe Credit: ITV Anglia

Overnight on Friday, cold air will seep it's way towards us from Scandinavia. As the air pushes eastwards, the wind will strengthen and this is on of key features of the weather this weekend - a strong cold easterly wind giving a 'significant wind chill'. This means that it will feel even colder because of the strength of the wind.

This will bring the risk of snow and ice to our region. However, the risk of snow comes in the form of snow showers and like any normal showery day of weather, the showers will be hit and miss.

The risk of snow and ice is mainly to the north of our region during Friday but the risk of snow and ice slides south during the weekend.

Risk of snow showers on Friday and Saturday Credit: ITV Anglia / Met Office
Risk of snow showers on Sunday Credit: ITV Anglia / Met Office

There are however, areas where we think the most showers showers will be. Areas through The Wash and through parts of Essex. The showers are likely to line up in 'convergence lines' which means that there will band together. So the areas the get snow could see 2-5cm versus nothing at all but a cold wind chill!

In summary. The cold spells of weather will not be as disruptive as a few weeks ago but if you are planning on travelling, stay up to date with the forecast.

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