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Public Health England warning over snow and wind

Snow earlier this month near Allenheads in Northumberland. Credit: PA

Public Health England has issued further warnings over cold weather, strong winds and snow heading back to parts of England this week following an update from the Met Office.

Although many parts of the country have already seen colder weather this winter, it does look like we’re in for a further spell with bitter winds and snow showers likely to make it feel particularly cold.

– Dr Angie Bone, head of the Extreme Events team at Public Health England

The forecaster issued a cold weather alert across Yorkshire and Humber, the North East, the North West, West Midlands, the East Midlands and the East of England.

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Sunny spells in the south and showers in the north

Cloud and outbreaks of rain will clear southern areas of Britain later this morning, with sunny spells following for the afternoon.

The sunshine will be milky at times as high cloud drifts by but it will mostly be pleasantly dry and bright.

Sunny spells in the south and showers in the north of the UK are expected. Credit: Met Office

Further north, frequent heavy showers will continue across North West England, Scotland and Northern Ireland along with gusty winds.

These showers will fall as sleet and snow for a time in the far north of Scotland where there's also a risk of thunder, lightning and hail.

Eastern Scotland and North East England, however, will escape with a largely fine, bright day.

Feeling cold in the blustery conditions across the north but temperatures will be close to the January average. After a mild start to the day across southern areas, we'll see highs of 7 or 8 Celsius this afternoon. In the north, temperatures will reach 4 or 5 degrees but it will be much cooler during any heavy downpours.

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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."

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