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Swathes of Britain covered in snow but more is set to come

Swathes of Britain have been blanketed in snow with forecasters warning more is on the way.

Twelve yellow “be aware” alerts for ice have been issued across Scotland, north-west England, the Midlands, southern England and London.

Many families have been playing outside, taking to the slopes of the Brecon Beacon National Park in Wales to toboggan and build snowmen.

First light on the snow-capped Central Beacons in Wales this morning Credit: Grant Hyatt
Matilda Davies, six, from Cardiff and her father Paul, sledge in the snow in the Brecon Beacons National Park Credit: PA
Families travel to the Brecon Beacons National Park to enjoy the recent snowfall Credit: PA
A man watches the sunrise over the high ground of the Yorkshire Dales Credit: PA

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'State of emergency' in Kentucky as winter storm hits

A "state of emergency" has been declared in Kentucky today after a winter storm stranded hundreds of drivers on interstate highways.

Drivers were stuck on highways for up to 12 hours after becoming stuck in 21.5 inches of snow.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was deployed to assist the stranded after the winter storm hit.

The storm, which spread from Texas to New England, closed hundreds of school districts and caused the cancellation of nearly 4,000 flights.

According to NBC News, state police said that 30 miles of Interstate 65 and 50 miles of I-24 were still impassable by the afternoon.

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Heavy snow predicted for many parts of the UK

Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of the UK as forecasters predict heavy snow in the coming days.

Forecasters are predicting heavy snow in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Wintry showers are expected to hit northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - which means be aware - and called on the public to prepare for disruption to travel.

Forecasters expect 2-5cm of snow to accumulate locally at low levels while higher ground above 150 metres could see in excess of 10cm. Visibility could be significantly reduced at times with strong and gusty winds likely to accompany snow showers.

A statement by the Met Office's chief forecaster read: "An active cold front is expected to push south-east across the UK during Wednesday introducing an increasingly cold and unstable air mass.

"Showers will become frequent and heavy, increasingly falling as snow in the north and west, and driven well inland by strong to gale force north-westerly winds. Accumulating snow is likely, especially overnight."

Cold weather alert will remain in place until Wednesday

The Met Office have confirmed today that the current cold weather alert will remain in place until Wednesday.

The weather and climate service posted an update on Twitter advising Britons of the ongoing Level 3 weather conditions:

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