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Snow forecast for parts of the Anglia region on Tuesday night

The risk of snow has been forecast for some parts of the Anglia region overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Met Office computer animation below shows the areas at risk of snow marked in white. The blue areas are where rain is expected to fall.

Some places could see wintry showers overnight with slight accumulations in places. For instance, there could be a couple of centimetres of snow on the higher ground of the Chilterns around Luton and Dunstable.

Other showers will be bit and miss with some areas missing them. There may be a few slushy accumulations by the Wednesday rush hour but any snow is not expected to stick around.

Christmas rainbow as big chill sets in with risk of snow

A large swathe of central Britain has been warned to be ready for snow as a cold snap brings freezing temperatures in the lead-up to the New Year.

An area including Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia, the North West, Yorkshire and as far south east as London and Kent has been put on a yellow alert for snow by the Met Office.

A rainbow was spotted in Northampton around midday on Christmas Day Credit: Janet Barker

There was a Christmas Day rainbow in Northampton as blue skies changed to grey around lunchtime, immediately followed by rain as rainbow disappeared.

Overnight into Boxing Day was also the coldest night of the year so far as the temperature at Braemar in Scotland dropped to -8.5°C.

The lowest temperatures in the Anglia region were around -2 to -3°C and were still below freezing in a few places at 10am.

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Areas at greatest risk of seeing snow on Boxing Day

Snow could strike parts of of the Anglia region later on Boxing Day and overnight into Saturday, as forecasters warn of a cold snap hitting Britain with freezing temperatures in the lead-up to the New Year.

The Met Office said there is some uncertainty about which regions will see snow, but where it does fall there could be accumulations of between 2cm and 4cm and in excess of 10cm in areas of higher ground.

Areas at risk of seeing some snow on Boxing Day and Saturday. Credit: Met Office

Forecasters still say the risk of snow in the Anglia region is still on a knife edge.

It's a marginal situation where rain could turn to snow for a time most likely during the evening of Boxing Day and overnight into Saturday.

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Weather flashback: What a difference a year makes

March 2014 may have been mild and sunny so far in sharp contrast to the weather we were enduing in the Anglia region at this time in 2013.

March 2013 was the third coldest on record in East Anglia after 1962 and 1917.

In contrast, March 2014 has so far been one of the mildest on record with temperatures running 2-3°C above normal.

Flashback to the snow and the freezing conditions of March 2013 by clicking on the video below and watch a report from Malcolm Robertson on 23 March 2013

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