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When will it next snow in the West Country?

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Parts of the West Country saw their first snowfall earlier this week, most of it across our hills, moors and other high ground.

This was ahead of a much advertised cold easterly weather pattern that was set to arrive by the end of this week.

Thing is, winter weather in the UK tends to be a bit up and down, a bit changeable - mostly due to the fact we are surrounded by water and our weather comes from a mild, southwest direction.

Snow on Princetown. Credit: John Halsey

This does at least keep things variable and helps the West Country look as good as it does.

It also means that trying to alter the weather patterns so that they come from the opposite direction is difficult, and they only happen every so often (the cold, snowy March of 2018, for example).

After a cold few days, things look as though they'll become milder and wetter this weekend, but for those of you hankering after some more snow, then a return of colder air doesn't look too far away.

The Forest of Dean. Credit: Alan Bowkett

From Sunday, we see northerly winds returning from the Arctic once again, bringing the chance of sleet and snow showers for the end of the weekend.

The cold air looks like it'll last into next week too, and there's even talk of that easterly arriving as we head into February.

Avening, Gloucestershire. Credit: Jonty Messer