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Cloudy start but a dry day for much of the country

Much of the country will start off cloudy, but away from the northwest of the UK, it will be a dry day.

Sunny spells will come through across a good part of England and Wales, with much of the south and southeast, as well as the south Midlands, becoming largely sunny this afternoon.

Cloudy start but a dry day for much of the country Credit: Met Office

Further north there will be more cloud and in Northwest Scotland persistent, locally heavy, rain.

Northern areas will also become windy with severe gales in the far northwest and gust of 65 miles per hour but it will be mild. Top temperature 12C (54F).

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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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Rain across the northwest, bright skies in the south

A band of persistent rain will sit across the northwest today with gale force winds to coasts here too.

Persistent rain will sit across the northwest today. Credit: Met Office

Ahead of this rain the cloud will thicken through the day, with some light and patchy rain to northern England.

The brightest skies will be to the south and southeast, and temperatures will reach highs of 12C (54 F) in Aberdeenshire.

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